NOTE FROM THE
Jennifer Ellen Crossland '86
Being a leader does not
mean that you have to
be in the position at the
top rung of the ladder;
it can be as easy as
setting an example by
the manner in which
you do something or
agreeing to accept a
task nobody else will.
When I was a high school student looking at colleges, I was dragged kicking and
screaming to look at Sweet Briar. Sweet Briar touted the refrain that women's
colleges offered far more opportunities than coeducational schools did for
women to become leaders. I was one of those students who matriculated despite the fact, not
because it offered single-sex education, and I took the leadership mantra with a grain of salt.
After all, I attended a small Catholic high school where everyone seemed to be involved in
everything and I could not imagine that women, especially me, needed help with anything.
(This was the early 1980s, and I was only 17!) Not until 1 attended law school did I really
begin to recognize what Sweet Briar had given me.
Then, as now, College leaders led by example and provided ample opportunities for the
students to take a lead somewhere, somehow. I was involved in all sorts of campus activities
as a student and remained involved with Sweet Briar in some capacity since my graduation
because I believe so strongly in the Sweet Briar Promise. In my years on the Alumnae
Association Board, I have served under the leadership of two fabulous presidents, each of
whom I admire for her wisdom, diplomacy, and dedication to our alma mater. I feel privileged
to have been given the opportunity to follow in their footsteps. Although I have served on
several boards in my professional and residential communities. Sweet Briar's Alumnae Board
is special to me in the way that Sweet Briar is special to each of us, but for reasons we cannot
Right now is a particularly exciting time on campus as Ken Huus, the dean of admissions,
and his staff helped Sweet Briar enroll her largest class since 1983! Louise Swiecki Zingaro
'80, executive director of alumnae affairs, and all the ladies in the alumnae office planned
our third annual Homecoming Weekend, which was so successful that we had over 1,000
participants from the alumnae and campus communities. Of particular interest at Convocation
were our Keynote speaker. Prudence Bushnell, former Ambassador to Kenya and Guatemala,
and our Distinguished Alumna Award recipient. Gay Hart Gaines '59, both of whom are
worthy role models.
As you read on, you will get a glimpse into the lives of several Sweet Briar alumnae who
are leading the way in their varied career fields. Being a leader does not mean that you have
to be in the position at the top rung of the ladder: it can be as easy as setting an example
by the manner in which you do something or agreeing to accept a task nobody else will.
Opportunities for leadership present themselves to us each day and throughout our lives. After
reading this issue I hope that each of you will be inspired to recognize the opportunities in
your lives and to rise to the challenge. I am certain most of you already have.
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Associate Director; Tour Coordinator;
Melissa Gentry Witherow '80
Homecoming Coordinator; Advisory
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Reunion Program; Editor, Alumnae
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SWEET BRIAR ALUMNAE MAGAZINE WINTER 2007/2008 VOL. 79, NO. 1
Leadership at Sweet Briar
INSIDE FRONT COVER: Note from the Alumnae Association President
2 Homecoming 2007
4 The Pink and Green Team Competition Continues!
5 Scholarship Recipients Express Gratitude
6 Gay Hart Gaines '59 Receives the 2007 Distinguished Alumna Award
8 Wanted: Women Leaders for the 21st Century
Bee and Bradley Thayer Inducted into the Keystone Society
Life at Tusculum during the Nineteenth Century
Cardboard Boat Regatta
Homecoming Horse Show
Face-to-Face Homecoming Event tops Facebook Web site
1 5 Homecoming Sports Feed
16 Athletics Hall of Fame
1 8 Samanfha Brodlieb Platner '98: From Pink Bubble to Big Apple
20 Katherine Polevitzky '93: The Story of a Sweet Briar Marine
21 Frances G. Laserson '70: First President of The Moody's Foundation
22 Nicole File '95: Senior Editor for CNN
23 Nicole Streeter '94: A Director at Heart
24 Cathy Packard '73: Serving Her Community
25 SBC Development VP Wins ATHENA Award
26 Sweet Briar College: Leadership Certificate Program
28 Leadership at Sweet Briar Today
30 Excerpt from "Learning Leadership Discipline by Discipline: Cultivating Metaphors for Leadership
through the Study of the Liberal Arts"
Teaching Leadership through Outdoor Adventure
3 1 Leading through Philanthropy
Nancy Douthaf Goss '55
34 Bulletin Board
35 In Memoriam
36 Recent Deaths
37 Class Notes
INSIDE BACK COVER: "In the Sweet Briar Tradition"
COVER: Laura Jett '1 1 at the Founders' Day Ceremony. Major; Mathematics. Minors: Statistics and Business Management
Photo © Aaron Mahler
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Winter 2007/2008 • 1
MISSY GENTRY WITHEROW '80
ASSOCIATE DIRECTOR, ALUMNAE ASSOCIATpM
am reminded each year
during Homecoming Weekend
that, as a community, we
continue to weave relationships
while bonding to a common
experience, born long ago by the
school's founders. This is the
Sweet Briar College experience
and it is our Homecoming
Now in its third year.
Homecoming 2007 celebrated
with more than 1,000 registered
participants including students,
alumnae, faculty and staff, and
friends of the College. Final
registration counts included 195
alumnae, 122 faculty and staff,
471 students, and 305 guests.
Alongside the many social,
athletic, and academic events
shared with students, faculty
and staff, the weekend opened
with a panel discussion led by
the College's senior staff on the
Sweet Briar of today.
"It was great to see the
camaraderie and sense of team
among the senior administrative
staff. As usual, it was too short.
It is always nice to learn about
the College's new initiatives,"
commented an alumna returning
with classmates to plan for their
Throughout the weekend,
updates, training, and annual
meetings were offered by
the Alumnae Association
Board, Annual Fund. Visiting
Committee on the Riding
Program, Friends of Athletics
Steering Committee, and
Advisory Councils, now in
their third year, are comprised
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Members of the Class of 1958 met during Homecoming to plan for their 50th Reunion in May 2008.
Mary Frances Ballard '49 announces the winners of
the Cardboard Boat Regatta during Saturday night's
Cocktails and Dinner.
Seniors place flowers on Daisy's grave at the
Founders' Day Memorial Ceremony.
of alumnae faculty and ;tal i
parents, and friends ol the
College. As one of the guarantees
outlined in the Sweel Briar
Promise, Advisory < ouncils
offer students ad\ ising beyond
the traditional academic borders.
A young alumna who serves as
an Advisory Council member
responded, "I Ins meeting was
excellent. I hope more alumnae
will attend in the future. H was
good to hear from all appropriate
facult) and student majors
and minors. I look forward to
becoming more involved." Once
a year, these off-campus ad\ isors
meet with students to share
career experiences, participate
in one-on-one meetings, and
hear student presentations on
recent internships and research
opportunities. Faculty also share
department updates. Currently,
there are five disciplines with
advisory councils including:
business; classics, philosophy
and religion; English and creative
writing; modern languages; and
There are a number of ways to
engage in the life of the College,
and we hope you will consider
attending Homecoming 2008
if you have not visited campus
recently. You will leave w it h
renewed knowledge and interest,
knowing that Sweet Briar
continues to shape and fulfill
the goals and aspirations of its
Next year"s Homecoming
Weekend will be held on
September 25-28, 2008.
Laura Glover '86 opens the
Gold Star Reunion Giving Panel
for questions and discussion.
Reunion Giving Chairs offered
wonderful tips about keeping the
classes connected to each other
and to Sweet Briar.
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In late summer, members of the Classes
of 201 1 and 2009 came in droves, clad
in greens of all sorts, to the Farm House
challenged by the Classes of 2010 and
2008 who were dressed thoroughly in pink.
The gathering on a balmy August evening
ignited the friendly competition for the
third year in Sweet Briar history. This
end-of-summer fling was the perfect chance
for the teams to come together and relax
before the true competition began during
Homecoming Weekend 2007.
During Homecoming, alumnae and
students attend events donning their color,
and the class years with the most color
support win a victory party at the Farm
House, home of Louise Swiecki Zingaro
'80, executive director of alumnae affairs.
Class years ending in an even number
flaunt their "pinkest" outfit, while those
with odd years sport their greens. The
Alumnae Association counts on you and the
students to keep the spirit alive!
The competition is always close;
however, the Green Team was victorious
this year! The Class of 2011, the largest
class to enter Sweet Briar College since
1983, attended events throughout the
weekend with good cheer and clothed
in their greens. The Pink Team remains
a force, but the large and enthusiastic
incoming class tipped the scales for the
odd year classes. More than 88% of the
first year class registered for Homecoming
The annual victory party honored the
Green Team (First Years and Juniors, Classes
of 201 1 and 2009) this year on Tuesday,
December 4, 2007 at the Farm House.
As plans for next year's Homecoming
are already underway, both students and
alumnae know the competition continues!
Alumnae and students enjoy the Saturday picnic before the boat race.
Scholarship Recipients Express Gratitude
SHEILA ALEXANDER, DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
On Friday of Homecoming Weekend, a
special luncheon honored Indiana Fletcher
Williams Associates and Silver Rose Society
members. Williams Associates provide for
Sweet Briar in their estate plans, and Silver
Rose Society members have consistently
made gifts for 25 years or longer. This year's
honorees were joined by another group of
very special guests: donors who generously
give to scholarships and endowed funds.
Nannette McBurney Crowdus '57, alumnae
board and planned giving chair, gave the
opening remarks to hearty applause. "We
had founders with a dream of making young
women the equals of men in society; early
faculty who believed in women's education;
students who believed in going after what
they wanted, even if the world wasn't ready
for them. You are in this room today because
you share those early visions and believe that
women's education knows no bounds!"
Michelle Sanchez '08, a philosophy
major and Sweet Spirit, gave the invocation.
While dessert was served, eight slightly
ner\ ous students stood to speak about how
scholarships help make their dreams come
true, a theme that surfaced repeatedly. Their
words were heartfelt, and the audience was
overwhelmed by the sincerity with which
"... I am incredibly thankful for being
awarded a scholarship to study at Sweet Briar.
I have probably never been happier in my
life than I am now, because I am constantly
reminded that dreams can be reached every
day. 1 wouldn't have been able to make this
dream come true without my scholarship."
So spoke Tania Salas-Platt "11 from Ecuador.
Her mother, Deirdre Piatt '83. studied at
Sweet Briar 20 years ago. Ms. Piatt has not
been able to visit Sweet Briar again, but her
dreams live on through her daughter.
In her remarks. President Muhlenfeld
said, "the game isn't over with the end of
the campaign; it is vital that our vision and
our giving continue every year, faithfully, so
that new generations of young women can
live out their dreams of success as educators,
scientists, athletes, writers, mothers,
volunteers — whatever their dreams, our
goal is to help them live out those dreams
The president's introduction of the student
speech portion of the program made clear the
value placed on these donors and honorees:
"Today you will hear from some of our
students whose dreams you are helping
Students shared remarks and thanks with
alumnae for their generous support at the
Silver Rose Society and Williams Associates
L-R: Kristin Barnes '08, Tania Salas-Platt '1 1,
Kate Lydin '09, Erin Rogers '08, Anne Lojek '08,
Kathryn Brock '09, Katherine "KC" Ellis '08, and
Michelle Sanchez '08.
to fulfill. I hese students, and all oi oui
students, are learning their \ ision of
philanthropy from all of you. and they have
wonderful role models. Their comments will
give all of us some insight into how your
changed 1 hen-
lives and made
KC Ellis '08
4 ... explained that
allowed her to
take an internship
D.C., one of
the most expensive internship locations.
"With my scholarship, I was able to afford a
semester-long internship, where I worked at
a firm dealing with humanitarian aid issues
for Catholic Relief Services in addition
to working for Congressman Joe Baca.
I also volunteered with Bethany House
for battered women and children and in
Hope's Kitchen with the Women's Dinner
program." Scholarships allow students to
accept internships that match their goals most
closely, even if they are unpaid.
Each year the cost to educate every Sweet
Briar student grows. We rely on scholarships
to help bring the best and brightest to Sweet
Briar to realize their dreams, no matter what
their financial circumstances.
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Winter 2007/2008 • 5
Recipients of the
The Distinguished Alumna Award,
established in 1988. recognizes
alumnae who have brought distinction
to themselves and to Sweet Briar
College through their outstanding
accomplishments in a volunteer or
/ 986 Dorothy Rouse-Bottom '49
Diana Muldaur Dozier '60
Karin Lawson '74
1989 Hallam Hurt '67
1990 Virginia Upchurch Collier '72
Katherine Upchurch Takvorian 72
1991 Ann Henderson Bannard '49
Sadie Gwin Alien Blackburn '45
1993, Marshalyn Yeargin-Allsopp '68
1993 Molly Haskell Sarris '61
1994 Anna Chao Pai '57
1995 Joan Vail Thorne '5 1
1996 Beryl Bergquist Farris '71
1997 Georgene M. Vairo '72
1998 Katharine Crommelin Milton '62
199 Patricia Traugott Rouse '48
OAV Connie Burwel/ White '34
, Joanne Holbrook Patton '52
2003, Nella Gray Barkley '55
2003 Elizabeth Morton Forsyth '36*
- nne Lille Poulet '64
Jo Ann Soderquist Kramer '64
Flizabeth Perkins Prothro '39
ay Hart Gaines '59
t Gaines r
2007 Distinguished Alumna Award
INTRODUCTION OF HONOREE AT FOUNDERS' DAY CONVOCATION
DELIVERED BY ALUMNAE ASSOCIATION PRESIDENT JENNIFER CROSSLAND '86
It is with great pleasure that I introduce Gay
Hart Gaines of the Class of 1959, recipient
of the 2007 Distinguished Alumna Award, a
special honor that recognizes extraordinary
accomplishment within a career field. Gay
has shown outstanding leadership in the
fields of education and politics. We are
recognizing her today with one of the most
esteemed honors the College can bestow
because of the laudable action she has taken
regarding her beliefs in bettering our nation.
Gay was born in Toronto. Canada, and
lived much of her young life overseas in
Bombay and Sydney. Independence was
instilled in her at a young age when she
began boarding school in the United States in
1951. The rest of her family crossed the seas
in 1954. That was the year that Gay began her
"marvelous Sweet Briar experience." as she
calls it. She earned her B.A. in psychology
and graduated with honors in 1959. A
glowing May Queen, she was truly one of the
shining stars in her class. "Beauty Blessed
with Wisdom," is how she is described
forever in the -1959 yearbook. Although she
was also known as the "Queen of Diamonds,"
it was said of Gay that she had a "sparkle on
more than just her finger." Her dedication to
the field of education and related projects has
proved this phrase true time and time again.
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Ever the actix ist, yet also the lovelj
lady we remember from her four years .it
sue, another quote reads from her senior
yearbook: "mans men came, but only one
conquered." Stanlej Noyes Gaines won
Gay's hand and the) were married in 1959.
together w ith their lour children they lived
in 13 differenl places throughout the United
States. After studying interior design for two
years at the University oi' Minnesota. Gay
worked for Robert I enox Associates anil
then opened her o\\ n company. Gay Hart
Ciaines. Inc., of which she was president
for ten years. Gaj was involved w ith the
educational climate of nearly every city in
which she lived. She served on the Board of
The Guthrie Theater and American Diabetes
Association in Minnesota: The Auxiliary
Board of The Chicago Art Institute and The
Juvenile Diabetes Foundation in Illinois; The
MeCarter Theater in Princeton; The Juvenile
Diabetes Foundation in Palm Beach, Florida;
The Best Friends Foundation, and the Hudson
institute in Washington, D.C. She has been
a member of the Madison Council of the
Library of Congress since 1994.
Gay is a strong supporter of conservative
\ alues and politics. She has upheld her
com ictions not only for herself and her
family, but also in the greater scope of the
political realm. She has gone out and made a
difference in the most admirable ways. With
unwavering consistency, she has supported
Republican candidates for local, state, and
national offices. She served as Republican
County Committee person in Mercer County,
New Jersey, and became the first elected
Chairman of the National Review Institute,
an organization founded by William F.
Buckley, Jr. and John O'Sullivan "to promote
conservative ideas and causes."
In 1993, Congressman Newt Gingrich
recruited Mrs. Gaines to be the new
Chairman of GOPAC. the Republican
Political Action Committee. She held this
position for four years, during which time
she helped to elect Republican majorities
in state and local offices across the United
States. She played a vital role in helping to
achieve a Republican majority in the House
of Representatives in 1994.
Through her active lifestyle involving
family and friends, politics and other
volunteer obligations. Gay was admired as a
leader in each and every role she was granted,
and this led to leadership in other areas of her
field. In 2000 she was elected Vice Regent
for Florida of the Mount Vernon Ladies"
Association, the oldest preservation board
in the country. In October of 2004, she was
elected the 18th Resent of the Mount Vernon
I ailies' Association for a term ol three years.
Her mission as regent has been to restore
and preserve George Washington's estate
for future generations. Since she has been
involved w ith Mount Vernon, the ( lay I lart
( Klines Distinguished Visiting I ellou ship was
established as well as the Legacy Theater,
also known as the Gay Hart Gaines Theater.
In 2002. Gay was elected President of the
Palm Beach Republican Club for a two-year
term. The PBRC is one of the oldest clubs in
the nation. Under Gay's leadership, it became
one of the largest.
In 2003, Gay was appointed to the board
of Corporation for Public Broadcasting by
President George W. Bush. In November
2004 she was confirmed by the United
States Senate for a term of six years. She is
currently vice chairman and, to use her own
words, she is "totally committed to public
broadcasting's role of providing excellence
in learning, not only for children but for
Americans of every age." Gay also said
as she was confirmed to the board of the
CPB, "Although we live in dangerous times,
Americans have the freedom to be risk-
taking, creative, and bold." We recognize her
accomplishments today specifically because
of this attitude that she has ascribed to not
only in theory, but also in action.
Gay is a member of the Oak and Silver
Rose Societies at Sweet Briar College. Silver
Rose Society members are those friends
of Sweet Briar who have made gifts to the
College for 25 years or more. We thank her
for her continued generous support.
1 speak on behalf of all of us when I say
that we are honored to share a common
history with Gay.
Read Gay's acceptance speech
at: www.sbc. edu/alunmae/awards/
Gay Hart Gaines '59 speaks at Founders' Day
Mildred Lewis Adkins '29*
Ann Rilchey Baruch '62
Florence Woeltel Elston-Beemer '21*
Gordon G. Beemer H '21*
Audrey T. Belts '45*
Betty Bean Black '49*
Ann Young Bloom '59
J. Bruce Bredin*
Octavia M. DuPonl Bredin*
Catherine Bamett Brown 49
Walter H. Brown H '49
Ruth Simpson Carrington '21*
Nancy Hancock Coe '31 *
Flora Cameron Crichton '46
The Charles A. Dana Foundation
The Jessie Ball DuPont Foundation
Charlotte Heuer de Serio '57
Frances Johnson Finley '37*
James D. Finley II
Carol McMurtry Fowler '57
The Charles A. Frueauff Foundation
Nancy Hall Green '64
Evelyn Lorraine Haire Greer '91
Margaret Bell Hare '32*
George W. Jackson*
Donna Pearson Josey '64
Helen Murchison Lane '46
Alice F. Laubach '35*
Richard E. & Eleanor C. Leslie
Helen Martin '33*
Mary Lee McGinnis McClain '54
Norma Patteson Mills '60
J. Wilson Newman*
The Perkins-Prothro Foundation
C. Wrede Petersmeyer*
Frances Gregg Petersmeyer '43
Kitty Corbett Powell '38
John Lee Pratt*
Charles N. Prothro*
Elizabeth Perkins Prothro '39
Sally Reahard '30*
Bettie Katherine Arnold Reed '64
Anne Wilson Rowe '57
Josiah P. Rowe III
Bradley R. & Mildred "Bee" Newman
Ann Samford Upchurch '48*
The Virginia Foundation for Independent
Cornelia Wailes '26*
Edward T. Wailes*
Margaret Jones Wyllie '45
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Winter 2007/2008 • 7
Convocation Keynote Address
Leaders for the
PRUDENCE BUSHNELL, FORMER U.S. AMBASSADOR
TO GUATEMALA AND KENYA
My husband. Dick Buckley, and I have been on campus less than 24 hours,
but it did not take us that long to be filled with admiration for the shared
commitment to Sweet Briar's mission we noticed all around.
In my view, this mission was appropriately refined in 2004 to prepare
women to be productive and responsible members of a world community.
This resonates with me because I have spent many years in that "world
community." 1 have been exposed to different ways to be productive and
responsible, and. for the 24 years I was in the Foreign Service. 1 promoted
American concepts and values of productivity and responsibility. 1 have also
been exposed to the shackles that limit the productivity of women, who make
up 50% of the world population.
In our busy American lives, it is easy to be persuaded that this is not our
issue, or that we lack the power to make a difference. But if we recognize, as
Sweet Briar does, that we are members of a world community, we will also
recognize that these assumptions are wrong.
Women currently make up 60-70% of the world's poor. We know that
lifting a woman out of poverty is lifting an entire family out of poverty. We
know how to do so. but have yet to act on a global scale. We understand
how wars and conflict impact women. Studies show how critical their
participation is to lasting peace, but we have yet to include them in
meaningful ways of peacemaking.
In this country, working families lose $200 billion annually because of
the wage gap between men and women. At the current rate of change it will
take another 50 years to close that gap. Where is the talk of urgency? In
the corporate world, studies show that businesses with greater numbers of
women in senior positions can point to a return on equity up to 35% higher
than others. Never mind the fact that women make up 50% of managerial
and professional ranks, the rate of women corporate leaders still hovers at
around six percent. Balancing work and family life remains an enormous
burden on all working women, but continues to be considered a personal
issue. Two-thirds to three-fourths of business leaders recently surveyed do
not believe discrimination against women exists.
These are the realities of the world for which Sweet Briar is preparing
young women. We used to consider these gender issues, but I see them as
political, economic, and social challenges that responsible members of a
world community will embrace. To do so each one of us must develop and
use our leadership capabilities.
When I was growing up, leadership was a guy thing. Leaders were born,
not made, and they were male — preferably tall and handsome. Leaders
held positions at the top of the hierarchies of our governments, workplaces,
religious establishments, schools, and homes. If women did exercise
leadership, it was of the personal kind and often very subtle.
Raised in those environments, it never dawned on me that as a female 1
could be a leader. Fortunately, leadership has been redefined. It is not the role
you are in. but the way you think and behave. Leaders think strategically and
behave intentionally and with integrity.
Look at what Indiana Fletcher Williams did. Profoundly affected
by the death of her young daughter, Daisy, she created a vision and
acted intentionally and strategically by leaving her legacy to create this
college and an endowment for scholarships. Miss Indie may not have had
opportunities in her day to fill many formal leadership roles, but nothing
stopped her from exercising personal leadership. Doing so changed
thousands of lives for the better.
My last assignment in the Foreign Service was as dean of the Leadership
and Management School of the Foreign Service Institute during Colin
Powell's tenure. He had a passion for leadership and wanted it practiced at
all levels of the Department of State. He mandated leadership training for
all employees. My colleagues and I were tasked to implement that mandate.
We addressed leadership from the inside-out. We helped people develop an
awareness of themselves, their values, their behaviors, and their impact on
others. After all. leadership is not about you. it's about others. We did a lot
of work on skills like active listening, giving feedback, building teams, and
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We found no difference in the aptitude or
skills between men and women. \t all levels,
we found a reverence for Colin Powell, .1 huge
relict' 10 final Is gel the training needed, and
an equall) great sense ofpowerlessness to use
these beha\ iors at work because "the) won't let
me." Even people w it h the power of positional
leadership felt constrained from using personal
leadership. As a result, the changes in culture
Powell sought have been a long nine coming.
I was luck) because I learned in earl)
adulthood that I had to use personal leadership
ill was ever to reach positional leadership.
I practiced the behaviors intentionall) in
positions from secretary to ambassador.
When I received the formal leadership
position of ambassador to Kenya, I was very
intentional to develop teamwork and trust as
we enthusiastically addressed policy interests.
To develop trust. I had to listen to what people
were saying. What community and staff
conveyed were concerns about their security
and the placement of the embassy chancery
building on a busy corner in downtown Nairobi.
As a leader. I had the responsibility to do
something and for two years 1 banged on doors
in Washington to get attention. Attention did
come, but not in the way of security relief. In
the spring of 1998, my annual performance
evaluation for the first time ever had a coded
reprimand. That evaluation prompted me to
w rite a letter to the Secretary of State.
On August 7. 1998. we were blown up by
a truck bomb sent by Osama bin Laden. It
detonated in our small rear parking lot and
instant!) killed 213 people, injuring around 5.000.
About half of the occupants of our building were
either killed or severely wounded. It was left to
the other half to go back in. with the help of other
members of our community, to bring out our dead
and rescue others. The leadership and courage I
saw displayed that day was extraordinary — and
had nothing to do with position.
Although they did not have to. members
of our mission chose to stay in Kenya to
reconstruct our organization, assist the Kenyan
community at large, and help begin healing
from a tragic and traumatic event. Leadership
at every level, regardless of formal position or
role, got us back on our feet. We had no time
to learn about leadership, we had to act. It was
through action that I learned the most important
leadership imperative of them all, taking care
of your people. I also learned how rough, tough,
and nasty that can be.
About six weeks after the bombing,
we crowded into another vulnerable U.S.
government building. I was told that there was
not sufficient funding for the marines providing
our security to stay. I went head-to-head
with senior people in Washington more than
once, telling them that the day they withdrew
the combat marines they would see me on
international television waving good-bye with
tears coming down my face. Ill jusl shows that
.1 woman threatening to cr> can still work in .ill
soils of situations.) It was neither pleasant nor
career-enhancing, but it was mj responsibility
\s a woman, a loft) title u ill onl) get you
a place at the table. It is no guarantee you will
be heard. I had to adapt a variety of behaviors
and gimmicks for that, for example, in the
Washington policy arena, where information is
power. I cultivated people "in the know." and
found that women colleagues were particularly
helpful. In presenting myself. I learned to use a
particular lone and demeanor: always assertive:
always confident; and, in anger, very focused,
calm, and low in pitch. 1 learned never to end a
declarative sentence as if it were a question and
to avoid at all costs self-diminishing statements
like "you may disagree but ..." or "I'm not
an expert ..." I learned to dress for my next
position and always wear comfortable shoes;
it is hard to do what is necessary to be heard
when your feet hurt.
No one told me about the cultural mores
of alpha male organizations, which abound
in Washington, and I was initially hesitant
to adopt some of them. After some internal
debate as to whether it would
taint my pure soul. 1 decided
I had to start interrupting
if I was ever to get a word
in and to intentionally keep
people from interrupting me.
As ambassador. I advised
my senior staff in our first
meeting that I was to be called
Ambassador in public because
I was a short woman and
didn't need to be diminished
even further. At the suggestion
of one of my male colleagues.
I asked whoever accompanied
me as note-taker in meetings
with foreign government
officials to keep eyes focused
on me so that my interlocutor,
usually a man. would not
engage my male note-taker
instead. I learned a leader
never carries anything (my
husband was particularly good
about carrying my purse).
Most important of all. 1
learned what I brought to my
job as a woman. In private,
I found, women can say
things to men in power that
would likely get the male
of the species thrown out of
the room. I was perceived as
less of a threat. I also found
out that, as a woman. I could
adapt a tone of voice that
conjured important archetypes, specificall)
mothers 01 teachers. Remember the tone
thai weni w uli: "( hiidren, you've got i" do
something about the mess in youi loom'.' I have
used that lone to saj All. President, you've got
10 do something about official corruption in
yourcountry" and get awa) with it.
I his is im challenge to you: use ever)
opportunit) to think strategically, act
intentionally, and behave with integrity no
matter what role you play. If we want a different
world for ourselves, if we want more women
to hold positions of leadership or have greater
opportunities to be productive and responsible
on an equal footing, we need to develop and
practice personal leadership now.
What an incredible place Sweet liriar is
to do just that. Think about the lessons you,
alumnae, can pass on. Consider the culture
of leadership that you. faculty and staff, can
create, and look at the opportunities you.
the students, have. Sweet Briar is a premier
women's college in the most powerful nation of
the world. What a gift! My hope is that you use
I w ish all of you gentle adventures.
President Muhlenfeld introduces Keynote Speaker Prudence
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Bee and Bradley Thayer
Inducted into the
"We have accomplished much at Sweet Briar College in the past ten
years and we are on the brink of achieving another goal: constructing
the updated Fitness and Athletics Center," says Mildred "Bee"
Newman Thayer '61.
Bee and Bradley Thayer share enthusiasm for Sweet Briar athletics
Their recent gift of S400,000 to help fund the new Fitness and
Athletics Center is one of many generous donations provided by those
who share a vision for Sweet Briar's future in the twenty-first century.
"In helping to shape the lives of young women, it is imperative
that we support the national mandate to improve physical fitness
by providing modern facilities. It is important to cultivate holistic
wellness habits in our students for their lifetimes and future
generations as well."
Bee and Bradley have always supported Sweet Briar. They are the
newest members of the Keystone Society, those valued donors who
have made lifetime commitments to the College totaling $1 million or
more. "We are proud to be part of a College that responds to the needs
of its students as times change, and focuses on the future while still
being grounded in and respectful of its rich cultural history," says Bee.
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Homecoming Alumnae College:
Life at Tusculum during the Nineteenth Century
H.CHRISTIAN CARR. DIRECTOR, SWEET BRIAR MUSELM AND ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF ARTS MANA&I Ml I II
Below: Celery vase
owned by the
Tusculum at its original location.
When visiting old houses, people
often muse; "Oh. if these walls
could talk, the stories they'd
tell." Without a doubt. Tusculum
would ha\e a lot to say about our
College's heritage. Sweet Briar's
family tree starts with Daisy, the
only child of Indiana and James
Henry Williams. To get to the
Tusculum connection, we have
to go back to Indiana's mother,
Maria Antoinette Crawford, who
grew up at Tusculum. She married
Elijah Fletcher in 1813, and their
marriage endured for 40 years,
until Maria's death in 1853.
Elijah Fletcher came from a
respectable but cash-poor family
in Ludlow, Vermont. As one of 15
children, he was the only one his
parents could send to college. In
return, he was expected to help
support the rest of the family.
Soon after he graduated from the
University of Vermont, Elijah
Fletcher set out on a journey.
In April 1810, he left the family
farmstead on a little bay mare
with S50 in his pocket to pursue
a teaching position in North
In late July Elijah finally
reached Alexandria, Virginia. By
that time his mare was exhausted,
as were Fletcher's funds. He wrote
to his father that he was "as poor
as Job's cats," having only four
dollars left and had eaten only
five full meals since leaving New
York. With his pockets empty, he
was forced to take on a temporary
tutoring position with the Mason
family of Northern Virginia.
That winter, Elijah made an
important connection with David
Shepherd Garland, a member of
Congress who was also a lawyer,
a landowner with extensive
holdings, and a leading citizen
of Amherst County, Virginia.
Known as "King David" for his
wealth and influence. Garland
resided at Brick House, now the
home of Sweet Briar alumna
Mary Smith Brugh '57. who has
kindly welcomed my students on
more than one occasion. Garland
convinced Elijah to give up his
plans to go to North Carolina by
offering him the more prestigious,
and presumably more lucrative,
position as the president of
the New Glasgow Academy in
After only one month, a letter
arrived from home containing a
plea for $150.00. Realizing that
such a request would soon come
again, Fletcher offered lessons
in French and music for young
ladies to supplement his income.
These lessons were held at Brick
House, and one of the students
was the younger daughter of
William S. Crawford, a trustee
of New Glasgow Academy who
resided nearby at Tusculum.
At Christmas, Elijah joined the
Crawfords for the holidays and
by the following fall, he wrote to
his father that "I have long been
intimate with a most amiable,
accomplished, sensible, lady, of
one of the most rich, extensive,
respectable families in the state."
This was Maria Antoinette
Craw ford, who grew up in the
company of seven sisters and
three brothers at Tusculum. In
his letter. Elijah described what
life was like there, relating that:
"They live in a two story, upright
house, painted white. Mr. C.
is ... quite grey headed, was
educated at Princeton, formerly
a distinguished lawyer. Mrs.
C. is most amiable ... and the
young Ladies distinguished for
their sense and accomplishments.
They dress in their silks daily but
have too much good sense to be
proud. The young lady 1 anticipate
making my future companion ...
is sincere, candid, intelligent, and
Elijah and Maria were married
in 1813. and he became the
estate manager in 1815 when
his father-in-law died and left
his considerable plantations to
Fletcher's stewardship. In true
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Cinderella style, going from
penniless schoolteacher to
prominent landowner in four
years, Elijah was able to parlay
his w ife's connections into two
terms as Lynchburg's mayor and
became a powerful force in that
city. His marriage connected
Elijah to two of the oldest and
most active families in central
Virginia: the Penns and the
Craw fords. I am indebted to Judy
Evans-Grubbs, former professor
of classics at Sweet Briar
College, and now at Washington
University, for disentangling the
lines of our founding family,
which were set forth in a privately
published genealogy of 1883.
Several pages of this imposing
tome are devoted to Maria's
grandfather Gabriel Penn. who
was born in 1741 and died in
1798. He fought in the French and
Indian Wars as a sergeant in a
regiment under Colonel William
Byrd. and in the American
Revolution he was the captain
of one of two companies of
recruits from Amherst County.
He had a successful mercantile
business here and served as
magistrate both before and after
the Revolution; he was also
the Amherst delegate to the
revolutionary committee that
crafted Virginia's "Declaration
of Rights" in 1776. Gabriel Penn
was clearly a man of note in
Amherst County, but he had much
more famous relatives: his cousin
John Penn was a signer of the
Declaration of Independence and
another relation was the Quaker
leader William Penn. In 1761
Penn married Sarah Callaway,
the daughter of a well-known
Bedford county family, and the
couple had ten children. In 1779
Penn purchased a house worthy of
his status, "The Glebe." another
Amherst County treasure. One of
their daughters, Sophia, married
William S. Crawford, who had
established a successful legal
practice in Amherst County,
and they made their home at
Tusculum was named after an
ancient town, an Italian center of
villa culture located not far from
Rome, a place where senators
and philosophers would retire
to the countryside to relax and
attend entertainments at the
theatre. It was a place so suited
to the cultivation of civilization
that Cicero wrote one of his
greatest works, the Disputations,
there. These writings became
one of the foundations for
a classical education in the
eighteenth century, and that
is how Crawford's Tusculum
plantation got its name: it was
a conscious linking on the part
of the Crawfords, who drew a
clear parallel between an ancient
Roman location of pastoral idyll
and learned civilization, and their
When we try to piece together
the contents of houses of the past,
we turn to the written record for
historical accuracy. For records
on Tusculum, we need go no
further than the Amherst County
Courthouse, where inventories tell
us how the house was furnished
at the time of Elijah and Maria's
marriage. They have provided a
rich resource for faculty at Sweet
Briar who have been studying our
nineteenth-century history, and
my colleagues Kate Chavigny,
associate professor of history, and
Lynn Rainville, visiting assistant
professor of anthropology and
archeology, have contributed to
our understanding of this period
in the family's history.
When Crawford died. Elijah
and widowed Sophia Craw ford
were named administrators of
the Crawford's estate. Along
with the contents of Tusculum.
described as "The Mansion
House," were items from two
other plantations belonging to
Crawford: Tye River and Indian
Creek. In the nineteenth-century
usage, a plantation denoted any
tract of acreage that could be
planted, and it was unusual to
find a substantial dwelling on
more than one of them. Listed
along with grubbing hoes, a large
black cow, and sets of harnesses,
there are more elegant items for
the household listed that would
have been used exclusively at
In the long lists of these
luxury items, one piece stands
out to the historian of material
culture: the celery vase. In the era
of hand production, specialized
items for the table were rare,
and most Americans were eating
with spoons from a communal
trencher. Yet the Crawfords
had a celery vase: a piece of
expensive handcut glass reserved
for one vegetable, an almost
The new location for
Tusculum is just outside the edge
of the outer circle of boxwoods
surrounding Sweet Briar House,
and its orientation near the Upper
Lake is sympathetic to the house's
original location. This placement
allows Tusculum to retain its
listing on the National Register
of Historic Places even after it
is rebuilt here on our campus,
a singular distinction shared
by only a handful of relocated
There is another key reason
why Tusculum will be right at
home at Sweet Briar. We are
fortunate to have an incredibly
diverse range of collections here,
many of which belonged to our
founding family. We have a
history of taking our stewardship
of these collections very seriously,
and we consider buildings to be
a part of those collections — our
largest artifacts, if you will.
Architecture is an element well-
represented on campus, and when
it is rebuilt, Tusculum will be
erected in near proximity to other
historic buildings. It will stand
adjacent to Sweet Briar House,
which shares its eighteenth-
century roots, and our slave
cabin, a significant structure
dating from the early nineteenth
century. These buildings rest
against the buildings of our
campus historic district, designed
for Sweet Briar by architect
Ralph Adams Cram. Adding
Tusculum to this collection will
allow us to present the history
of regional architecture from the
eighteenth through the twentieth
centuries. These buildings
comprise a remarkable resource
and are studied and used for the
benefit of our students, our local
community, and visitors to our
Interestingly, Elijah Fletcher
remarked in 1845 that his
daughters, upon their return from
their European travels, might be
useful to society by establishing
"a sort of a nunnery or a school
at Tusculum." We know how
important education was to our
founding family. Indiana attended
Georgetown Visitation Convent
in Washington, which her father
referred to as a "nunnery."
Perhaps it was Elijah's remark
that inspired Indiana to found
a women's college in memory
of her daughter Daisy, which
makes Tusculum an even more
significant part of our Sweet Briar
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Cardboard Boat Regatta
DOREEN MCVEIGH '09
BIOIOGY MAJOR. CHEMISTRY MINOR
As a member of the Student
Relations Committee, this is m\
favorite time of year: all of our
ideas and preparations come to
rruition through the laughter ^\
old friends catching up and new
acquaintances becoming fast
Friends. The Cardboard Beat
Regatta and picnic at the lower
lake makes Saturday during
Homecoming one of the most
exciting days of the weekend.
Engineering students design and
build streamlined, sturdy boats
to brave the waters through an
obstacle course w liile everyone
cheers them on.
Atop the sea of pink and green
decor and picnic ware, a group
o\' friends shouted my name.
Wiggling between them to watch
the boats. 1 continually scanned
the scene, waving and shouting
greetings to many passers-by.
One person asked, "Do you
know every single person
here?" 1 smiled and laughed, but
something about her question
struck me while watching the
competitors paddle and splash
around the course. I realized that
this is the unique beauty of Sweet
Briar. All of us share a similar
devoted spirit for a school that
has shaped our view of the world
and created unbreakable bonds
between Sweet Briar women past
or present. Friendships that form
at every Homecoming are no
coincidence, but the result of our
strong foundation at Sweet Briar.
After the Cardboard Boat
Regatta, afternoon activities
were just beginning. I returned
briefly to my room and found
my roommate deep in study. "Oh
you can't stay locked up in the
room for Homecoming, come join
me for the field hockey game!"
I shouted. She finally conceded
to come on the condition that
her work could accompany us
to the game. Finding a shaded
patch of grass on the hillside, we
took in our surroundings. The
\ ibrant areen hues of the trees
contrasted spectacularly against
the clear blue sk\. but those in
attendance certainly came color
coordinated in then own way.
Dr. John F. Morrissey of the
Biology Department and Donna
McLaughlin, although new to
the campus, were in lull Vixen
regalia to support the players.
My roommate and 1 noticed
an alumna watching the game
intensely, voicing technical
phrases of support to our girls.
As neither my roommate nor I
knew the rules of field hockey,
we struck up a conversation on
what makes a good pass, and
the best way to navigate the
ball across the field. It was then
that she noticed my roommate's
course book resting on the
grass. By the end of the first
half, they were discussing the
author, his work, and their own
understanding of the material,
with occasional interrupting
shouts of "Go Sweet!" The
second half was just as thrilling;
each team proved their worth and
prowess on the field, and Sweet
Briar won the game. The flush
of victory evident on the players'
faces was exciting to us all as we
cheered in celebration of a job
well done. The exhilaration 1 felt
at the game and the conversation
1 participated in with an
enthusiastic alumna left a lasting
impression on me. I'm looking
forward to Homecoming 2008,
to the fantastic events, and to the
friendships I will make.
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Homecoming Horse Show
BEACH '09, ENGLISH AND CREATIVE WRITING
MAJOR, BUSINESS MINOR
On the warm, sunny Homecoming Saturday, Sweet Briar
riders wore wool hunt coats and black helmets. They led
shiny horses from their stalls, saddled them, and mounted.
\\ itli the outdoor arena drug, the jumps set, and the course
maps posted. SBC equestrians were ready to ride in the first
in-house show of the year.
This intramural event was the first opportunity for
qualified first-year students to compete on campus,
riding either their own horse or a Sweet Briar horse. The
sophomores, juniors, and seniors did not let the first-years
ha\ e all the fun though, as they were also eager to gain more
experience riding in a supportive, learning-emphasized
show atmosphere. Equestrians of all levels were encouraged
to attend the show to watch and learn, even if they did not
compete. From the sidelines. Kimberly Rosenberg '11 rooted
for her friends and said "it's really interesting to see all
kinds of people compete at different levels." She also noted,
"I like to watch because it helps me learn about my own
position and riding skills."
Riders entered equitation classes, in which a rider's
position and effectiveness are judged, and in jumper classes,
in which the horse's speed and agility are paramount.
Former Associate Director of the SBC Riding Program Jill
Randies served as judge for the day.
Diana Simpson, who will graduate this spring, rode in
the show. She commented, "It was a beautiful day to ride,
and it was great fun to see some alumnae come and watch
the show. There were quite a few people there, even some
alumnae that didn't ride. It was very bittersweet to see my
friends who had moved past Sweet Briar; I miss them, and it
was a stark reminder of how quickly May is looming. It was
also a sad realization that this was the last homecoming at
which I would be a student and not alumna."
Rider participation in the event was comparable to
previous years, while spectator attendance rose slightly.
Holding the show on Saturday gave families and alumnae
a chance to get settled on
campus beforehand. Chairs
were set up in the shade beside
the arena, yet some spectators
still preferred the soft grass.
Many horse shows on campus
are only attended by students.
so it was nice to have some
additional crowd support for
this one. The Alumnae Office
generously provided adorable
horse-head carabineers as
souvenirs, which were set out
in the Bailey room and at the
R^L^ 1 Lydia Winants '1 1 is mounted
1h and ready to ride!
Face-to-Face Homecoming Event
tops Facebook Web site
KATE BEACH '09, ENGLISH AND CREATIVE WRITING MAJOR,
On Friday evening of
current students and alumnae
met at the Elston Inn and
Conference Center for a night
of networking and dancing.
This is the first year that
the "Who Needs Facebook
When You Have Face-to-
Face Time?" event has taken
place, but with a catchy name
and plenty of publicity, it was
well attended and enjoyed.
At the beginning, alumnae
office personnel and Student
Relations Committee members
greeted attendees with enthusiasm
and pointed out tables staffed by
SBC Alumnae Club Regional
Chairs. These alumnae board
members graciously and happily
volunteered their time to meet
with current students who were
either from one of the states of
their region or had an interest
in interning or working there
in the future. Connections were
made based on fields of interest
and career industries, which are
invaluable to students hoping to
gain insight into potential job
After students grabbed snack
plates full of chocolate fondue,
nachos, and other munchies, they
chatted with their new alumnae
acquaintances while meeting other
current students from their home
region. The casual, yet focused
environment was conducive to
both informative discussion as
well as the light-hearted sharing
of stories about the Sweet Briar
experience. Associate Director of
Diane Dale Reiling '73 and Kate Lyndin '09
meet at the Facebook event.
Career Services Kristin Ewing
introduced me to Kelly Meredith
Iacobelli '88, and we talked
about her experiences working
in advertising. As an English
and creative writing major and
business minor, I'm always
looking for ways to find out more
about fields in which my specific
skill set could be applicable.
Kelly shared specifics about the
industry with me from a first-hand
Julia Pittman '11 also had a
positive experience at this party.
She stated that she met friendly
alumnae that "were very interested
in what I planned to do." Julia also
explained, "I had fun and would
like to see this event repeated next
About an hour after the event
began, the lights dimmed and
DJ Mix Master Mike got the
dance party started. Students
and alumnae rocked out to a mix
of modern hits and oldies-but-
goodies. Those that still wanted to
chat either yelled over the music
or moved out into the foyer and
huddled around the food tables.
Some suggested that next year, we
should have two separate rooms,
one for dancing and one
for networking, allowing
people to participate in the
activity of their choice.
All-in-all. I heard many
positive comments, and
this event is definitely
worth a repeat.
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Homecoming Sports Feed
CAMERON ADAMS, SPORTS INFORMATION DIRECTOR
Homecoming 2007 was packed w itli athletic
events. Saturday, five varsity athletic games
were played on our campus fields and courts
followed by a busy "Alumnae Sunday." The
Sunday schedule, featuring the 2007 Class
of the Athletics Hall of Fame inductees
at breakfast, was filled to the brim with
alumnae-student competitions in field hockey,
swimming, and volleyball.
On Saturday the SBC Varsity Field
Hockey team faced non-conference
Shenandoah University's players, Varsity
Soccer took on conference-foe Emory and
Henry College, and Varsity Volleyball hosted
a tri-match with Lynchburg College and
Mountain State University.
Vixen hockey treated the Homecoming
crowd to a win. defeating Shenandoah 3-2.
Amey Landreth '1 1 gave Sweet Briar an early
1-0 lead with an unassisted goal 15 minutes
into the game. Shenandoah answered with its
first goal 20 minutes later.
Sweet Briar came out strong as Lindsay
Eneguess "11 and sophomore Molly
McGonegle each sent a ball to the back of the
cage, giving Vixens a 3-1 lead. A late goal by
Shenandoah made the game close, but Vixens
held on for the win.
The crowd then flocked to the soccer field
where Vixens did not fare as well. Down 2-0
after the first 45 minutes. Sweet Briar tried to
make a comeback. First-year Kat Alexander
put Sweet Briar on the board in the 60th
minute with an unassisted goal.
Alexander's goal brought us w ithin
one point of tying the game in the final 30
minutes, but the one-goal differential was
as close as the team could come. The Wasps
won with an insurance goal in the 68th
"I was really nervous playing in front of
former students because athletics are the front
porch of a college, and how we represent
our school affects how people see it." said
Alexander. '"In the end. 1 think we worked as
hard as we could, we showed good progress
within the program and offered a glimpse of
what's to come. I was proud to be a first-year
athlete representing Sweet Briar."
While field hockey and soccer were
competing outside, volleyball took on
Lynchburg College and Mountain State in
the gym. The Vixens faced Lynchburg in the
ning, kicking oil the ti i-match Hornets
unfortunatel) took the match in three games.
Alter Lynchburg and Mountain State
laced off. the Vixens took on Mountain State
to round out the action. ( >ur ladies won w uh
a close score of 30 2s before dropping the
tri-match 3 I. Vixens compiled 66 digs as a
( )n "Alumnae Sunday" the Hall nl I anie
Breakfast honored inductees oi the 21111"
Class of the Athletics Hall of I ame I
( iascoigne, director of physical education
from 1912 1923; riding champion Jamie
Plain h Martin '81; and SW miming star
Jennifer Ellen (rossland 'S6 reeeised high
honors for their sporting accomplishments at
Sweet Briar and beyond.
Members of senior staff, the Athletics
department, the Riding Department, current
student athletes, and family and friends of
the inductees gathered for the induction
ceremony. Each inductee was presented for
induction and those who were able to attend
the ceremony were given the chance to
respond. Current student athletes served as
hosts for each inductee and introduced their
"The Hall of Fame Breakfast was
inspiring. We were able to hear the inductees
speak of their accomplishments and how
Sweet Briar sports have forever changed
them." commented junior field hockey
student-athlete Blair Sutton.
Alexander added. "Being in that room,
surrounded by my fellow student athletes and
seeing what those who have come before us
have accomplished was beyond inspiring.
What amazing women!"
The athletics portion of Homecoming
Weekend concluded w ith alumnae players
challenging the current student athletes in
field hockey, volleyball, and sw i mining.
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JENNIFER CRISPEN, ASSOCIATE PROFESSOR OF PHYSICAL
Cara Gascoigne "arrived at the
College in 1912 to start an unusually
well-directed program of physical
education" wrote Martha Lou
Stohlman '34 in her book, The
Story of Sweet Briar College. Cara
remained at Sweet Briar for 1 1
years, and during her tenure the
students played Virginia's first
women's intercollegiate field hockey
game in 1919, as well as the first
intercollegiate basketball game in
1920. The hockey game was the first
women's intercollegiate contest of
any kind in the state of Virginia.
In one of her student assignments.
Jennifer Frost '86 wrote, quoting
Gascoigne: "Although the game had
been played on campus since 1909,
it was Miss Gascoigne's hope that,
someday, 'the gentle art of knocking
a rubber ball down the field without
being massacred on the way' would
In 1914, Gascoigne also started
club lacrosse at the College.
Lacrosse is now a very popular
varsity sport at Sweet Briar. She
returned to England in 1923 and was followed by Harriet Rogers.
Gascoigne was a favorite amongst her students as evidenced
by a remark written in the 1920 Briar Patch. "We are fortunate in
having Miss Gascoigne again as athletic instructor after her absence
abroad. We should now be able to advance steadily towards our
ideal, and perhaps, some day, to reach it."
In an earlier yearbook, a student remarked, "Aesthetic dancing
[is] the desire and ambition of every awkward student in college.
Miss Gascoigne does really, at times, turn some of them into
Graces, but some others-ye gods!"
Long-time field hockey coach Jennifer Crispen says, "You
cannot underestimate the influence of the early physical educators
at Sweet Briar. They valued athletics and competition not only as
necessary, but as good for their students. Much of the early progress
in women's competition was due to the competitive philosophy
of women's college athletics, particularly the Mid-Atlantic and
Southern women's colleges. Cara Gascoigne left a legacy that still
benefits Sweet Briar student-athletes today."
The hockey game was the first
women's intercollegiate contest of
any kind in the state of Virginia.
Jamie Planck Martin '81
PAUL CRONIN, DIRECTOR EMERITUS, SWEET BRIAR RIDING
PROGRAM AND PROFESSOR EMERITUS
Jamie Planck Martin & Paul Cronin at Sweet Briar.
Jamie Planck Martin was the epitome of SBC's recruiting slogan
"Riders and Scholars." She graduated Magna Cum Laude with
honors in 1981. As a student, she was a member of Phi Beta Kappa
and received the Sweet Briar Presidential Medal given to an
outstanding athlete and scholar as well as the Lawrence G. Nelson
Award for excellence in English. She entered Sweet Briar shortly
after the Harriet Howell Rogers Riding Center moved from the
17-stall shed. A new 60-stal! facility and larger arena looked "real
good" to riders, trainers, and prospective students at SBC. As
training and competitive programs developed, Jamie helped lead
the way with her talent, experience, work ethic, and sportsmanship.
Always a keen and interested riding student, she was open to
new ideas and approaches and was refreshingly comfortable both
questioning and encouraging fellow students and faculty. As one of
these faculty members, I dedicated my book. Schooling and Riding
The Sport Horse, to "The horses and students who have taught
me all I know, especially those at Sweet Briar College." Jamie is
certainly one of those students, and I will always be grateful to her.
Before coming to SBC, Jamie competed successfully in the
southeast, as well as on the Florida circuit and at the northeast indoor
horse shows. She rode a range of horses at SBC and competed with
consistent quality performances and good sportsmanship. Jamie was
the ANRC National Collegiate Equitation Champion each year of her
college career with the exception of her junior year abroad.
After Sweet Briar. Jamie received her J.D. from Vanderbilt
School of Law. Careers as an attorney and as a mother have filled
her life, yet now Jamie is returning to riding in a big way. She has
been involved with the government of the sport through serving on
committees for the USHJA, USEF, The American Hunter Jumper
Foundation, and The Mississippi Hunter Association. Recently, she
built Providence Hill Farm, a quality equestrian facility. We expect
to hear great things from her as she continues riding and sharing
her passion for horses.
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About Providence Hill Farm...
"By chance we ended up w nli this facility," Jamie said about her
form, Pro\ idence Hill. " I Ik- other barn in our area decided to
stop going to horse shows, so we designed and built Pro\ idence
Hill Farm." On the Web site, www.providencehillfarm.com, you
w ill find the farm's mission statement: "Our trainers and staff
are committed to pro\ iding the highest quality training and
care available for our horses and riders in a nurturing and warm
em ironment. Honesty, integrity, and a commitment to Christian
principles I'orm the basis lor all of our programs."
Aside from other activ ities al the farm that include raising
eattle. grow ing crops and trees lor timber. Pro\ idence I Mil is
also the base for the Mississippi College Equestrian Team. The
venture began last spring when a group of girls from the college
asked Jamie if she would help them start an equestrian team.
"As God would have it, I happened to be there that day. Having
such wonderful memories of Sweet Briar riding, I was excited
about trying to help them. I met with the girls and we submitted
a proposal to the college president. Now, riding is a varsity
women's sport at Mississippi College."
Jamie attributes much of her success to experiences that
have taken place throughout her life. One such experience was
her college career. "Sweet Briar prepared me to do all of these
things. I wasn't trained to own and manage a farm; I was trained
as a lawyer. SBC taught us to give back to our community and
to think critically, so it was easy to take skills from another
profession and use them in different areas." In helping to start the
Mississippi College program, Jamie is able to give back to her
community. She also organizes a summer camp at Providence Hill
for inner-city children.
"The name Providence means divine intervention. This farm
is God's intervention. There is nothing I have given or done that
could have earned this farm." Providence was the name of a Baptist
church where Jamie's great-grandfather-in-law was a music minister,
and using the church's name for her farm is her and her husband's
way of recognizing God's hand in their life.
As owner and activities manager of the farm, Jamie has
a full schedule. "My daughter, Tinsley, who is 12, also rides
and travels to horse shows with me." Jamie says. "You will
often see my mother, Jacquie. cheering for us at the shows and
helping at the barn. It's a family affair." Jamie participates in
approximately 15 shows each year and considers it "a great
blessing" to have taken home Champion of the amateur-owner-
over-36 division at the Harrisburg, PA, indoor horse show, and
Reserve Champion at the Devon, PA, outdoor horse show, for
two years in a row. These are two of the most prestigious shows
in the nation. — C. Murray
Jennifer Ellen Crossland '86
BONI III I I . INER. ASSOCIATE PP !
EDUCATION AND ATHIETICS
Jennifer Crossland and Bonnie Kestner at the Hall of Fame induction
Jen, Jenny, Jennifer — she goes
by all three, and I'm never sure
what to call her, except FAST.
Jenny showed us her speed as
recently as last year during the
first alumnae swim meet, when
she beat every swimmer past
and present in the 50-meter
breaststroke and helped our
alumnae team tie the current
In 1981, Jennifer Ellen
Crossland applied early decision
to Sweet Briar and was accepted.
She began swimming with us
in the fall of 1982. In March
of her freshman year, she
represented Sweet Briar in five
events at the National Collegiate
Athletics Association Division
III Nationals. In the 50-yard
breaststroke. Jenny entered
the meet seeded 28th. In the
preliminaries, she dropped 1.6
seconds and moved into third.
With that determined look in
her eye, Jenny told us she was
going to win the event. She came
very close! In the final heat, she
dropped another three tenths of a
second, capturing second place.
Her time qualified her as an
NCAA Division III All-American
and put Sweet Briar on the map
nationally that year.
Jenny consistently set records.
She still holds the school and
pool record for the 100-meter
breaststroke, and her 50-yard and
50-meter breaststroke records
will probably never be broken.
Her 100-yard breaststroke record
stood for 16 years, and her
200-yard lasted for 17 years.
Jenny is a member of four of
the Sweet Briar record-holding
relays in yards and three in
meters. She was the breaststroker
on all of our medley relays and
swam on the 200- and 400-yard
freestyle relays as well. She
was a member of the 200-meter
freestyle relay team that still
holds our pool record.
Teammate Linda Mae Visocan
Gabriel '87 reminded me of
the team dinner at the close of
Jenny's freshman year when
we teased her for trying to miss
practice. It seemed she constantly
complained that something was
hurt, and she could not exercise.
But when meet time came, she
would blow away the competition
and set records left and right!
Linda Mae remembers a gift we
gave to Jenny: a doctor's kit with
band aids, ace w raps, aspirin,
and Pepto Bismol.
During her sophomore year,
Jen was quite sick. To quote
her mother. Linda Crossland.
Winter 2007/2008 • 17
"The scenario of one event made me laugh, and I am sure the swimmers
from other schools thought it was an act. Jenny would dive in, swim, pull
herself halfway out of the water, lean on the edge of the pool, squirt her
inhaler into her mouth, and finally drag herself from the pool. What was
truly funny was that she had won!" At the end of that season Jen helped
our 200-yard freestyle relay team capture 13th place at NCAA Division III
Healthy and in good shape, Jen was stellar during her junior year.
Sweet Briar defeated Division 1 Georgetown University in our own pool.
We had tied them at Georgetown the previous year. In a newspaper article
written at the conclusion of the dual meet season, I am quoted as saying
about Jenny, "She is having the best year of her life!"
Jenny finished her Sweet Briar swimming career on a strong note.
During her senior year she was ODAC Champion in the 100-yard
breaststroke and part of two Sweet Briar and ODAC record-setting relays.
These school records stand today. She also was the breaststroker on our
400-yard medley relay that placed 12th at NCAA Nationals, giving her
All-American Honorable Mention recognition in her last race representing
Jenny excelled in the classroom as well as in the pool. A political
economics major at Sweet Briar, she made the Dean's list, was a member
of Phi Gamma Mu, the International Honor Society, and was the recipient
of the Whiteman Scholar-Athlete Award. After Sweet Briar, she attended
the University of Richmond's School of Law where she was president of
Phi Delta Phi, the nation's oldest legal fraternity.
is President of the
Sweet Briar Alumnae
Association and a former
Alumnae Club President
for the Richmond.
Virginia Club. Confident,
mentally focused, a
fierce competitor, 4-year
varsity athlete, Division
III All-American, a high
achiever in the classroom,
outstanding in her
service and devotion to
Sweet Briar , fun-loving,
generous, and loyal
friend, I can think of no
one more deserving of
being the first swimmer
inducted to the Sweet
Briar College Athletics
Hall of Fame.
swimming bear and
Please email your nominations to the Sweet Briar Athletics
Hall of Fame to: Kelly Morrison. Athletic Director and
Assistant Professor of Physical Education. morrison@sbc.
lu. or Jennifer Crispen, Associate Professor of Physical
From Pink Bubb
ieb Platner '98
to Big Apple
SUZANNE RAMSEY, STAFF WRITER, COLLEGE RELATIONS
It seemed to take an eternity,
but this past July at Saint-
Germain-fAuxerrois Church in
Paris, Desperate Housewives
star Eva Longoria finally wed
San Antonio Spurs player Tony
Parker ... in an Angel Sanchez
"It took me a year to get
that placement!" said Samantha
Brodlieb Platner '98, public
relations manager for the
Venezuelan designer whose
evening and bridal gowns grace
the covers of magazines and
frames of the Hollywood elite.
"Angel designed her Emmy
gown in 2005 and also her
dresses for the Alma awards the
past two years. I was always in
contact with her stylist. Once I
heard that Eva and Tony were
engaged I contacted her stylist to see if he wanted Angel to
Several months — and many sketches, meetings, swatches
and fittings — later, the celebrity wedding went swimmingly
with Longoria in an Angel Sanchez mermaid dress and Platner
breathing a sigh of relief.
"Normally a custom couture gown comparable to hers
takes many months to make but this dress was completed in
three months," she said. "It took a full year of follow up and
persistence to secure Angel designing the gown."
But that's what Platner does as the PR professional of a small
design house in New York City's fashion district. She spends
her days "running back and forth." working with celebrity
stylists and magazine editors, producing fashion shows and
photo shoots, updating the company Web site, and even writing
a few press releases here and there.
When she graduated from Sweet Briar College with an
Italian studies degree and a year in Florence under her belt,
Platner planned to work in the fashion industry.
"I had always really, really been interested
in [the industry]," she said. "My sister
[Jennifer Brodlieb Cacioppo ' c '-| actually
worked in the industry as well, so I remember
during college coming home on break and
\ isiiing her and going to her office. I really
liked the em ironment and pace of the
Ten sears later, the 30-year-old New
Yorker is li\ ing her dream, working for Angel
Sanchez and li\ ing on the Upper blast Side
with husband. John. Occasionally, she even
shows up on the Big Applets society pages.
When she arrived in New York fresh out
of the Pink Bubble, the young Samantha
Brodlieb worked as a receptionist at Prada.
Being fluent in Italian helped, she said,
crediting ad\ isor and Italian professor Rosalia
Ascari with teaching her the language and
encouraging her to study abroad.
"She was really amazing," Platner said.
"Obviously in my first job my Italian skills
helped me tremendously. It's probably part of
the reason I got the job because I was fluent
in Italian, and she ... really influenced me to
go away for a year, which was life-changing.
It's really eye-opening."
Platner says the exposure she got through
her junior year abroad and the confidence she
gained at Sweet Briar have positively affected
her career. She also says the intimate setting
at the College has correlations in the fashion
world, which she describes as a "very small
community, and similar to Sweet Briar in that
After six months at Prada, Platner went
back to Italy, where she worked for a short
time as an assistant booker for a modeling
agency. Homesick for New York, though, she
soon returned to the states and Prada, where
she served as executive assistant to the vice
president of advertising.
Thai's when she decided her future was in
public relations. After working her waj up to
assistant of the Prada Men's and Spoil lines.
Plainer accepted a position al I he ( lap as
public relations coordinator for Old Navy.
She stayed there for two years, working in
the children's and maternity markets. Il was
"very large, very corporate." she said, bul also
"really good exposure."
After leaving Old Navy, Platner did
production for photo shoots, securing
locations and photographers, and coordinating
hair and makeup for the models. "I wanted to
try something different because 1 had been in
PR for a little while," she said.
But two years ago, she found herself
missing public relations and saw an ad for PR
manager at Angel Sanchez. "I read the job
description in a trade Web site and it was my
exact experience so I applied and got the job,"
Before she was hired. Angel Sanchez
didn't have a PR person, let alone a PR
department, so Platner has built the office
from the ground up. With no assistants — the
designer employs only about 20 people — she
has had to rely on interns to take the edge off
That's where Sweet Briar re-enters the
picture. "I actually contacted the career
services center to say if any Sweet Briar
students are interested, and they're going to
be around New York during the summer. I'd
definitely be looking for interns, and they can
just forward me their resume," she said.
Lucy Knaus '08 contacted Platner and
spent four weeks last summer working with
her at Angel Sanchez. Knaus worked on photo
shoots and "lookbooks." did editorial analysis
and sent gowns to celebrities and magazines.
"1 really appreciate that Sam ... gave me
a lot of daily responsibilities and asked for
my opinions and help on a lol ol important
projects," Knaus wrote in an essa) following
her internship "I do believe that her interns
... do a lot of the day-to-day duties.
"I learned a lot about what it's like to work
in New York City and how competitive the
industry is. Completing this internship made
me realize how much I enjoy working with
other people and also that the majority of the
people working in the fashion industry started
at the bottom and had to work their way up.
"It is a very elastic industry there is
always the expectation of promotion as long
as one is a responsible and hardworking
individual. I couldn't have had a belter
Platner appreciated the assistance and the
opportunity to mentor a future Sweet Briar
alumna. "[Lucy] was a great help," she said.
"It was nice to have a Sweet Briar student.
I have interns from FIT and Parsons, but it
was special to have a Sweet Briar student. We
have a connection."
When asked if she'd like to have more
Sweet Briar interns, Platner was quick to
answer: "Definitely. I would love to have
another one this summer."
In the meantime, though. Platner presses
on as the PR department for Angel Sanchez.
The hours are long, the days are crazy, but she
loves her job and the responsibilities that
come with it.
"I'm responsible for a ton." she said.
"That includes advertising, and 1 also work
extremely close with the designer, and his
schedule is super busy w ith meetings and
"The design studio is on the sixth floor
and I'm on the ninth floor, so it really
involves leadership every day because often I
just have to make decisions for him on his
behalf, and lead."
Katherine Polevitzky '93: The Story of a Sweet Briar Marine
JENNIFER MCMANAMAY, STAFF WRITER, COLLEGE RELATIONS
became a Marine on
Aug. 13. 1994. the
day she graduated
Candidate School at
Marine Corps Base
Quantico in Virginia.
Serge and Gege
there. As they
daughter receive her
commission, Gege Polevitzky let go of long-
held reservations about Katherine's military
vocation — a path she had stuck to since she
was about 10 years old.
"This really fits you," Mrs. Polevitzky told
the brand-new second lieutenant as soon as
she had the chance.
"My mother was telling me I found my
calling, not just a job to clock in to from
nine to five," Polevitzky said, recalling the
"1 always hope that young women going
through college — especially at Sweet Briar —
pursue a career that gives them a sense of
accomplishment. Their career choice should
be a positive contribution to society, not just
earning a paycheck."
As a leader, Polevitzky stresses being true
to oneself. At Sweet Briar, an environment rife
with opportunities to lead, she saw classmates
who took charge Monday through Thursday
"adjusting themselves to socially interact, to
hang out with guys," on the weekend.
"It wasn't true across the board, but I did
see that," she said. "There's just no reason
to change the woman who is an incredible
leader in the classroom and on campus during
the week to somebody else on the weekend to
impress the guys."
Trying to be someone you're not wouldn't
fly in her job. "Marines can smell a facade
a hundred miles away," said Polevitzky, who
has risen to the rank of major.
She spoke by cell phone from her office
in Baghdad, where she arrived in June for
a one-year deployment. She works in the
International Zone as the executive officer
to the commanding general of the Civilian
Police Assistance Training Team. U.S.
Army Maj. Gen. Michael D. Jones. CPATT's
mission is to advise and assist Iraq's Ministry
of the Interior in building its police forces.
Polevitzky's military occupation
specialty — her MOS — is communications
officer. Ordinarily her job is setting up radio,
satellite, and wire communications systems to
enable field units and their commands to talk
or send data in any environment.
Her home base is 1st Marine Division.
I Marine Expeditionary Force, Camp
Pendleton. California, where last year she
commanded the nearly 300 troops of 1st
Marine Division Communications Company.
She considers the post one of the best
assignments of her career.
When she was given the command,
it had a "particular reputation," she said,
diplomatically. But within a year, the Corps'
communications headquarters had hand-picked
her company to develop new instruction and to
be the "test bed" for new equipment slated for
use by all Marine communications units. They
also were tapped to train the units based in
She and Sgt. Maj. Peter A. Hall, who was
her first sergeant at the time, achieved that
recognition through "elbow grease," she said.
"The first three months were focused on
reinforcing discipline and communications
training. The company needed to be
reminded that they were a team, not a group
They went for field training for a week
at a time, "setting up communications
architecture, making sure it works, taking it
down, moving it, setting it up again. For an
Infantry Division Headquarters, this is no
small job," Polevitzky said.
During that time, she drew on her own six
months at The Basic School, the next step for
all USMC lieutenants after Officer Candidate
School. At TBS, every officer — regardless of
future specialty — is trained to be an infantry
Because the Corps emphasizes unit
cohesion, Polevitzky makes no allowance
for gender. "If I tried to separate myself as
something other than a Marine and say, well
I'm a female and here's what I do as a female,
then I separate myself from the team."
To lead Marines, be competent in your
specialty, be confident, train them well
and make sure they understand the mission
objective, she said. "Marines respect a leader
who is true to their word, leads by example,
and always remembers: Accomplish the
mission and take care of your Marines."
During her career, Polevitzky has traveled
abroad, serving six months in support of
the U.S. mission in Bosnia-Herzegovina in
1996 — a post that allowed her to explore
Europe when she was on leave. In 1998 she
deployed to Kuwait with the 31st Marine
Expeditionary Unit during Operation Desert
Fox. She also earned a master's in business
administration from Boston University.
Her decorations include a Meritorious
Service Medal with gold star, Joint Service
Commendation Medal. Joint Service
Achievement Medal with oak leaf cluster, and
the Navy and Marine Corps Achievement Medal.
You have to want the life of a military
officer to succeed, Polevitzky said. But if
there are SBC women who feel called to do it,
she wants them to know they can.
"It's an awesome experience to lead
Marines." she said.
Katherine Polevitzky receives a care
package from the United States.
Serving in Baghdad's International
Zone. U.S. Marine Corps Maj. Katherine
Polevitzky '93 has seen an outpouring
of support from Americans for troops
serving in Iraq and Afghanistan.
It comes in the form of letters and
care packages from ordinary people
addressed to any soldier, sailor, airman,
"Whether they agree with why we're
here or they disagree, they support the
troops," Polevitzky said. "It is greatly
If you want to add your voice, go to
AmcricaSupportsYou.mil, an official
Web site of the Department of Defense.
Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbc.edu
Frances G. Laserson '70: First President of
The Moody's Foundation
Frances Griffith I aserson. \ ice president,
Corporate Communications at Moody's
Corporation, and president of The Moody's
Foundation, lives amidst (he large-scale
excitement of New York City's corporate
community Surrounded by skyscrapers
and taxis in the heart of the city's financial
district. Moody's is a 100-year-old company
employing 3.400 people throughout the world.
Iran's career success began with her
positive experience at Sweet Briar and
liberal arts education. Though a sociology
major. Fran comments: "1 recall classes with
Dr. Ernest Edwards who taught ecology,
field biology, and ornithology. I am still
a birdwatcher and keep binoculars and a
Peterson's Guide to Birds on hand to identify
w hat \ isits our birdfeeder. My favorite
SBC memories revolve around individual
friendships: playing on the field hockey team,
spending time with my fellow QV's, planning
events with the Social Committee, step
singing ... and walking to Guion early in the
After graduation, Fran moved to
Manhattan during a time when "Wall Street
was [just] beginning to discover the business
value in employing women," Fran says. She
joined the Chemical Bank Management
Training Program, which had only seven
women in its large trainee class.
Undaunted. Fran gained experience in the
financial realm that took her to her next job
with Moody's Investors Service. As a fixed
income securities analyst. "I managed public
finance ratings in the Midwest ...and was a
member of the rating committee that assigned
credit ratings to state and local governments,
nonprofit hospitals, utilities, colleges and
universities." Fran said.
During her tenure as a financial analyst,
Fran was diagnosed with cancer. "[It]
sidetracked my career," she commented. "I
took 1 1 years off to regain my health and
devote time to raising my two daughters and
volunteering within my community." At this
time. Sweet Briar stepped back into Fran's
life. She became a member of the Sweet
Briar Board of Overseers, now the board of
"I joined the board just after my second
daughter was born and served for eight
years, participating on the marketing and
development committees and chairing the
Fran's experience on the board and
w ith other similar volunteer work enabled
her to transition back into the workforce
with case, "liv September 1994, I felt that
the window of opportunity was closing
for reestablishing a professional career. I
•prepared a 'functional' resume that focused
on the skills I had gained through volunteer
work: marketing communications, strategic
planning, and program management to
counterbalance my hiatus from the workforce.
I approached Moody's as an independent
marketing consultant." Fran's self-confidence,
determination, and past experience earned
her management positions first in Marketing
and then in Corporate Communications, "a
substantial shift from my prior analytical
position ... but one that hearkened back to my
initial interest in sociology at Sweet Briar."
As leader of Corporate Communications
for Moody's, she developed a corporate
philanthropy program. "[This was] an
assignment that called upon all the skills I
had acquired in the volunteer sector." She
became the first president of The Moody's
Foundation in 2002, overseeing the firm's
charitable giving programs and community
affairs. "In 2008, I will transition to managing
the corporate social responsibility program
full time and exploring the possible expansion
of the company's philanthropic efforts beyond
the U.S. and the UK to other countries where
our businesses are growing."
Fran enjoys the challenge of creating
a corporate giving program with new
partnerships and community activities that
mold a pipeline of talent and diversity for
future Moody's employees. "Having the
opportunity to develop and fine-tune a
strategic corporate giving program from
scratch has been immensely rewarding," Fran
says. "Branded community programs can
create a positive public image and position
a company as a committed corporate citizen
and leader in its field. Corporate philanthropy
is about 'doing good," but it is also about
the use of shareholders' dollars to support
corporate strategy. Balancing both objectives
is satisfying work." One such community
program is the Moody's Mega Math (M 3 )
Challenge, an internet-based competition for
high school students awarding scholarships
to those who demonstrate excellence in their
understanding of mathematics and modeling.
"This year. CNBC featured the competition
on Wall Street Report as an example of a
corporation's successful effort to interest
high school students in math and careers in
financial services," explained Fran.
In her community. Fran serves on the
executive committee of the board of trustees
of New York Downtown Hospital. With
the chief medical officer, she co-chairs the
Quality Council, responsible for maintaining
and improving patient care. She is a member
of the board of trustees of Prep for Prep, "an
organization that develops the leadership
potential of able young people from segments
of society grossly under-represented in today's
leadership pool." She serves on the board
of her high school alma mater. Kent Place
School, Summit, New Jersey, and was recently-
elected president of the board of trustees of
The Brick Presbyterian Church of New York.
She is also a member of the Gender & Policy
Program Advisory Board for the School of
International & Public Affairs. Columbia
University, and the task force for The Center
for Work-Life Policy examining "The Hidden
Brain Drain: Women and Minorities as
When asked what advice she would give to
young alumnae and students at Sweet Briar.
Fran said: "Start volunteering right away.
There are special kinds of leadership skills
that are developed through service to others,
skills that become useful in business and
for life, in general ... Regardless of context,
[whether] volunteering in the community
or hav ing a professional career, attitude
determines experience. Asking for more
responsibility and taking on assignments that
may initially put you outside your comfort
zone will develop the experience and the
habits that will define your personal style of
leadership." — C. Murray
Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine
Winter 2007/2008 • 21
Nicole File '95: Senior Editor for CNN
JANIKA CAREY '09, ENGLISH MAJOR
Landing the perfect job takes a lot of skill,
but sometimes there is some luck involved,
too. When Nicole File '95 went to Atlanta
during spring break of her senior year to
interview for a job at a law firm, she never
thought the trip would eventually lead her to
It was by accident that the North Carolina
native walked into a random office building,
where she encountered a headhunter agency
owned by two Sweet Briar alumnae — and
sisters at that. The women wanted to see her
resume and liked it immediately.
A few months after graduation, Nicole
was offered a one-day assignment at Turner
Entertainment in Atlanta, which turned
into a permanent job. When the company
underwent drastic structural changes in
several departments, Nicole decided to look
for another position. She responded to a
posting with CNN and was hired right away.
Looking back. Nicole was amazed at
how beneficial her contributions to the
Sweet Briar News (now The Voice) were in
getting her the job as editor. "1 really thought
people wouldn't know this small women's
college, but they do," she said, adding that
CNN was impressed that she had worked
for a newspaper at all. "The experience of
assigning stories, researching, interviewing,
writing, and editing meant 1 was already
familiar with those tasks when they came up
in my work," she explained. "I'm referring as
much to the 'people skills' and 'leadership'
parts as to the specific technical aspects
of writing and editing. Also, organizing a
product with a specific audience in mind was
helpful later when I would work on shows
with a certain demographic."
Nicole added that her English and creative
writing education at Sweet Briar was not only
superior to writing programs at other schools,
but it also prepared her especially well for her
current position as a senior editor.
"When I first started at CNN, people
would ask me, 'where did you learn to write
so pretty?'" said Nicole, who specialized
in poetry and fiction. She explained that
professors at SBC taught her to "write
something that was true, even if it was fiction."
John Gregory Brown, Mary Oliver, and other
English professors helped her to develop an eye
for the important parts of a story, and she also
learned not to overstate facts.
"Just because somebody drops a bomb,
you can't call it a war," Nicole said with
regard to her job at CNN.
As a control room editor, Nicole is
responsible for the final edits of a show
before it goes on air. During the show, Nicole
updates and edits news bites as they come
in — these are what we read on the scrolling
ribbon at the bottom of our TV screen.
Though Nicole's job has required her to be
a leader at certain times, the current situation
is somewhat different.
"We're a team of leaders," she explained,
saying that she is equally ranked with
producers, executives, and supervisors.
Working without clear hierarchies has its
advantages, but of course there's a downside
too: "When something goes wrong, you're not
the only one to blame; but if you have a good
idea, you have to convince everybody first,"
Nicole defines good leadership as a
willingness to experience things from the
perspective of those you are leading. She calls
this "servant leadership," and explained: "The
good leaders 1 know defend those they lead,
[they] hire — or don't fire — the occasional
unlikely candidate, and are willing to try an
unorthodox idea, knowing their own careers
depend on the outcome. In my experience,
they almost always have a better record
overall. But leaders need support from their
own leaders, and from those they lead ... even
when they make a bad call." Nicole believes
that a strong leader should think creatively,
challenging and supporting her team at the
same time. This also means that leaders
"Our culture does away with that more
and more now," said Nicole, explaining her
views that success has become too much
of a focus in our society. "I think the pool
of people who think like good leaders is
shrinking. I'm blessed to work in one of the
last bastions of good news leadership."
Despite the fact that gender equality is
still not completely achieved in many work
places, Nicole said that she has never felt that,
as a woman, she couldn't do something.
"CNN is one of the best places to work
for women," she said, estimating that about
half of the employees are women. "But I'm
not sure about management positions," she
admitted. CNN's policy provides a maternity
plan, and the flexible shifts allow mothers to
spend time with their children during the day.
Nicole considers her experience at Sweet
Briar valuable to her strong self esteem: "I
was actually quite a tomboy when I came to
Sweet Briar, and I left as something more of a
lady, but also more of a feminist."
Nicole said that going to a women's
college made her aware of the great aspects
of women. "Strong women are different from
strong men," she explained, saying that Sweet
Briar gave her a different perspective on
women and leadership.
"Before [I came to Sweet Briar] I thought
I had to be more like a man to be successful,"
Nicole said. "I learned you can be a woman
and be just as accomplished."
In her free time, Nicole tutors first-grade
Hispanic students at her church, helping
them with their homework because many of
the parents don't speak English. "I'm both
a mentor and a tutor," Nicole said. She also
volunteers on Sweet Briar's newly formed
English and creative writing advisory
council. The council is available to help guide
students in their specific career goals.
Nicole said she is very content, but is also
exploring new things at the moment, such as
reporting and freelance writing. "There are
many possibilities in my current job to do
something different," Nicole said.
When asked what advice she had for
current Sweet Briar students interested in
journalism. Nicole had a simple answer:
"Learn to write!"
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Nicole Streeter '94: A Director at Heart
"It takes courage to push yourself to places
you ha\c never been before ... to (cm your
limits ... to break through barriers. And the
day \\ ill come when the risk it takes to remain
tight inside the bud is more painful than the
risk it takes to blossom." A quote bv French
author Altai's Niu is found at the bottom of
each email Nicole sends. When speaking with
her, il becomes apparent that a philosophy of
determination and responsibility, a passion
for challenges, and a respect for the beaut) of
change are a part of her everydaj existence.
"I verybody's route is different." says
Nicole Streeter ' l >4. the new executive director
of the Houston Texans foundation, an NFL
franchise w ith a mission to be champions
for youth. A career path forked by change,
opportunity, and a range of interests led her
in adopt this mantra. She was motivated from
a young age to plan for a professional life.
At 14. Nicole volunteered at The University
of Texas. M.D. Anderson Cancer Center, the
leading cancer treatment center in the nation
and "the pride of Houston." When it came
time for college, all roads pointed to Sweet
Briar. Close friend LaQuinta Donatto '92
already attended SBC and encouraged Nicole
to apply. A College representative gave a
winning presentation at her high school, and
soon after, an interview at the home of Natalie
Hoyt "72 showed Nicole that she was destined
to become a Sweet Briar woman.
Aware of her African American heritage,
Nicole arrived at SBC in fall of 1990 with a
mission to express her views about tolerance
and acceptance. She seized every opportunity
to address the issue of diversity on campus.
As president of the Unity Club, she helped
to host diversity forums and became part of
an organization titled New Leadership under
faculty advisor Helen Beckstrom. "It was a
challenging time on Sweet Briar campus,"
Nicole stated, "We had students sitting on the
lawn of the library protesting issues related
to diversity." Many of these protests and
leadership initiatives resulted in Women and
Gender Studies at Sweet Briar, which has a
focus on women's leadership.
Nicole received her bachelor's degree
in psychology from SBC and moved back
to Houston. "My first job was as a clinical
case manager at the Community Partners
Adolescent Clinic. We saw 300 or more
adolescent obstetric patients per week." Nicole
felt very much out of the Pink Bubble as she
dealt with crisis intervention, preliminary
psychiatric assessments, and referrals. "It
was my first encounter with a pregnant
nine -year-old," she revealed. "It opened my
eyes to teenage pregnancy in Houston and in
general." As Nicole gained experience, she felt
called down the path to become a doctor in
oidci in help untangle some of the problems
she was seeing for the first time.
"It's important to demonstrate that the
route to sour goal is not always a Straight line,
li is definitely a journey," Nicole said. Always
open to opportunities in her path, she realized
that dreams often change as they are followed.
Several pursuits in the direction of health
care revealed her strong talent and passion for
Nicole married in 2001 and enrolled in
the University of Texas School of Public
Health with the long-term goal of becoming
a doctor. While at UT, the leadership skills
and self-confidence that she gained at
Sweet Briar came into play. Nicole became
strongly invested in community research,
yet found that funding was necessary and
limited. UT did not offer any classes in
writing grants and proposals, yet posted on
the student affairs bulletin board was a flyer
advertising the Jane Adams Fellowship for
Philanthropy for undergraduates. It didn't
take her long to place an inquiry about
graduate student fellowships. "A secretary
told me I had just two weeks to apply," she
remembers. Nicole was accepted under the
William Randolph Hearst Fellowship for
the two-year program in philanthropy. "It
completely turned my life around." She
worked at the Center of Philanthropy and
attended classes that changed the course of
her career. During internships and loaned
executive opportunities, Nicole "worked at the
YMCA Urban mission, helped with strategic
planning, assisted with board development,
and led the donor solicitation program." She
also received the Bentz-Whaley Flessner
Fellowship while at the Center, which allowed
her to be appointed as a loaned executive with
the National Medical Association (NMA).
After her work at the Center, Nicole
switched gears from health care and medical
school all together. She became the director
of alumni affairs and alumni giving at Martin
University in Indianapolis. This was "a great
opportunity for me to become a director,"
After several years, Nicole took a job
as project director of the World Health
Organization (WHO). Collaborating Center
for Supportive Cancer Care at M.D. Anderson
Cancer Center in Houston. Her experience
as alumni director at Martin allowed her
to delve confidently into her position as
an administrative leader in strategic fund
development. "I provided administrative
direction, solicited major gifts, prepared
proposals for foundation solicitations, and
established national and international research
collaborations on health policy for supportive
cancer care. I organized conferences across
the country for pain and supportive care
physicians, pharmaceutical representatives,
and FDA officials to discuss the implications
and efficacy of pipeline pain medications."
The word about Nicole's capabilities as a
project director of the WHO sparked interest
in the Houston community. When the director
of the Houston Texans Foundation stepped
down, Nicole was offered the job and took
it, seeing a new opportunity to fundraise for
another good cause.
In her community, Nicole sits on the board
of Girls, Inc. "This organization is interested
in making a positive, measurable impact in
young girls' lives," Nicole says. "Girls, Inc.
program coordinators go into underserved
communities and prov ide girls with hands-on
experiences that enable them to build
confidence and develop their own authentic
identity." As a board member, she also serves
as a mentor for the girls.
According to Nicole. Sweet Briar offered
her a foundation that enabled her to pursue
the path of her choice. Sweet Briar taught her
to pivot on a dime, to change course as life
persuaded. Nicole reminisced about a trip to
Sweet Briar: "Recently. LaQuinta Donatto
and I were driving by the Sweet Briar barn
and saw the horses in the field. As a student.
I never rode, but now 1 love horses! I w isfa I
had ... taken a riding course for fun. Students
should take advantage of every opportunity
in which they have an interest. They have no
idea where life might take them. It's important
to make opportunities of your own! Find your
authentic voice, your passion, and enjov the
journey." — C. Murray
Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbc.edu
Winter 2007/2008 • 23
Cathy Packard '73: Serving Her Community
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of the founders of Special Care and Career
Top: Expanding Worlds Luncheon, October
2007. L-R: Cathy smiles with Ramya and Tulasi
Ponnuswamy, mother with an ECI client, and
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In 1969 the Beatles released Abbey Road, the
United States was at war in Vietnam, and
men took their first steps on the moon. In a
time of protests and riots, of political unrest
and social change, Cathy Rasmussen traveled
eastward from Pearl Harbor onto Sweet Briar
campus, a place where her family knew
she would be safe from the campus turmoil
reported in the news. Cathy says Sweet Briar's
Junior Year in France program sealed the deal
for her to attend a college on the other side
of the country. Cathy also had several Sweet
Briar graduates already in the family: her
mother, Dolly Clark '50, and aunts Jane Black
Clark '56, and Lynn Clark '61.
Cathy Rasmussen Packard '73, now
executive director of a successful nonprofit
corporation, views herself then as a different
kind of student leader. "I wasn't a leader
like my mother," she says, "who was 'Miss
Everything' and May Queen [when she
attended Sweet Briar]." For Cathy, leading was
not about being dubbed president. It was, and
still is. about rallying behind issues that she
believes are important. "When I see a cause, I
like to support it," says Cathy.
As a student, establishing the Career
Center at Sweet Briar was a cause that Cathy
embraced enthusiastically. When she began
volunteering there, "it was just a bookshelf."
She took the lead in helping to start the
first fundraising campaign for a new center.
Local boutiques loaned outfits to parade in a
fashion show fundraiser that she organized.
Letters Cathy drafted garnered support, and
one earned a significant reply gift of $1,000,
an impressive achievement for a sophomore.
After graduating from Sweet Briar with a
degree in International Affairs, Cathy moved to
Washington D.C. and staffed for Congressman
Burt L. Talcott from Monterey, California.
During her one and a half years on his staff.
she was in charge of organizing a high school
student leadership program. Talented students
visited federal establishments in Pennsylvania,
Virginia, and Washington D.C. "This was
before leadership programs were 'the thing.'"
remembers Cathy. She introduced them to
senators, members of the Supreme Court, and
the president's executive staff. While working
for Talcott, Cathy would slip away to the
Watergate hearings during lunch breaks. "Even
though I didn't agree with them, [the men
on trial] spoke with extraordinary dignity in
front of senators and aides on TV. [They were]
very capable men who made choices that got
them into trouble. It was an important lesson
to not forget your core values." For Cathy, the
first year out of college was "eye-opening and
exciting, filled with good news and bad news
as Vietnam was winding down and difficult
choices had to be made [regarding] the first
war we weren't going to win."
Married and no longer staffing for
Congressman Talcott, Cathy moved to
Dallas, Texas; became a mother to daughters
Kelly, Lynn, and Christie; and focused her
leadership efforts on YMCA sports coaching
and school activities. Membership in the
Junior League exposed her for the first time
to nonprofit organizations. With the League's
support, she re-entered the workforce.
Always at the forefront of change, Cathy
was fascinated with rapidly advancing
computer technology. Apple had just released
its first desktop in 1978. In 1983, Cathy
volunteered for the Center for Nonprofit
Management, one of the top five management
assistance centers of its type, to help
nonprofits create personalized fundraising
letters using this new technology. "Junior
League training showed me how to build and
manage a database, create a letter in WordStar,
and use the computer for more than just
letters. The positive impact on nonprofit staff
students and the power that new technology
gave them was breathtaking," said Cathy.
She went on to market her skills to
executives, most of whom were men,
unwilling to take classes with secretaries
who already knew how to type. "I realized
how fulfilling and important it is to promote
beneficial advancements in society."
After twenty years in a successful career
of marketing and selling technology-based
products, the feeling of "Wow, I want to find
a way to do this again," resonated with her.
She left the for-profit arena and went back
to The Center for Nonprofit Management as
director of Technology Services. Working
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there, Cathj was determined to make a difference, and slic did
nisi that w iili the launch of low-cost training and ser\ ices for
nonprofits and a technology fair that is now pail of an annual
all-topic fair for nonprofits in Dallas, rexas.
In November of 2005, Catln was recruited to be the
executive director of Special (.'arc & Career Sen jces (SCCS).
After researching the agency, she found that ii perfectly
matched another lifelong goal of hers to care for those w nil
disabilities, lis two programs, Early Childhood Intervention,
which provides therapies to babies with delays and disabilities,
and Supported Employment Services, which employs adults
with disabilities, allow Cathy to help individuals reach their
maximum potential in school and life. She is able to help
"place people in good jobs- real jobs."
Cathy has been executive director for nearly two years.
In that time the organization's adult program has grown 1 10
percent, beating all-time job placement records and gaining
recognition from state and local leaders. SCCS has added 14 new
employers for people with disabilities. According to professional
studies, this program not only benefits the employee, but also the
company, immediate community, and the nation at large. Cathy
credits her team for this outstanding progress.
"I'm not interested in leading just to lead or be in charge.
I have to be passionate about the results I can help to achieve.
I use the book Good to Great by James Collins as a guide.
Effective leadership is about picking the best people and
building a great team, cultivating your own replacements
and allowing your people the freedom and support to be
successful in their jobs. I ask God every day to help me
make wise decisions and to remember the ability to lead is
just another trait necessary to the team ... but never more
important than the team. 1 also feel privileged to have a Sweet
Briar education. It is a critical component to believing 1 can
go toe-to-toe with anyone, male or female, and to building a
can-do and will-win attitude."
Among Cathy's professional activities and memberships,
she has served as president of The Center for Computer
Assistance to the Disabled, what she considered "a boutique
agency in a Wal-Mart world." She made their acquisition by
United Cerebral Palsy of Dallas (UCP) possible, which helped
the program stay alive. A past UCP board vice president of
development, she received the UCP Volunteer of the Year
Award in 2005. Cathy is a founding member and president-
elect of a brand new Alliance of Agency Executives Serving
People with Disabilities that has grown to more than 20 dues-
paying agency members in one year. Cathy is also chair of
the more targeted Supported Employment Coalition that has
launched a local job bank and contract job coach list.
Cathy advises young professionals seeking leadership
positions "to represent a cause, product, or initiative that you
believe in" regardless of power and fame. "Secondly," she
continues, "be a contributing member of a great team. Be clear
in what you want to achieve, be mindful of other people's
time, perform your assignments to the best of your ability, and
don't be afraid to take challenges when they are presented to
you — then you'll naturally rise to a leadership position in a
form that suits you and best serves your community."
— C. Murray
Heidi Hansen McCrory, vice
president (or development
wins the renowned ATHENA
Award for excellence in her
VP Wins ATHENA
SUZANNE RAMSEY. STAFF WRITER,
Heidi Hansen Met !rory, \ ice president for
development at Sweet Briar College, was
presented a 2007 ATH1 W Award Oct.
23 b\ the Lynchburg Regional Chamber of
Commerce and the CENTRA Foundation.
The award was presented at the annual
Women of Worth luncheon, held at the
Kirk Icy Hotel and Conference Center
in Lynchburg during National Business
Women's Week, Oct. 21 27.
According to the ATHENA International Web site, the award recognizes
professional women who "demonstrate excellence, creath ity and initiative
in their business profession." "provide valuable service by contributing time
and energy to improve the quality of life for others in the community," and
"actively assist women in realizing their full leadership potential."
The ATHENA Award is presented each year by women's organizations,
chambers of commerce and universities all over the world. Since 1982,
more than 5,000 women in 500 communities have been honored.
McCrory was one of 15 professional women nominated from the
Lynchburg area. As a winner of a local award, she is eligible for the
International ATHENA Award, to be presented in the spring.
McCrory was nominated by her employees in the development office,
both for her work at Sweet Briar as well as her volunteer efforts in the
community. "The development office is very proud that Heidi won this
award," Sheila Alexander, development communications coordinator, said.
"It is a small reflection of how much we appreciate her."
In nominating their boss, development employees praised McCrory
for "being an excellent role model, not just because her position dictates
respect," adding that she "earns our respect by working just as hard — if not
harder — than anyone on her team. She is supportive of us in our jobs and
in all our endeavors and encourages each of us to explore what makes us
happy and to strive to reach our personal goals."
Among other things, in addition to heading up the College's fundraising
efforts, McCrory is active in the Girl Scouts of Virginia Skyline Council,
where she is chair of the board of directors; a parent volunteer for the E.C.
Glass High School Theatre, and a member of the Emerson College Parents
She also has been a speaker and w orkshop leader at various professional
conferences, including the Virginia Community Colleges Chancellor's
Annual Planning Retreat, Virginia Senior Leadership Seminar for Women
in Higher Education. Council for Advancement and Support of Education
and the Association of Fundraising Professionals.
President Elisabeth Muhlenfeld also commended McCrory in a letter to
the chamber of commerce.
"Throughout the time I have known her." she wrote. "I ha\e been
amazed at Heidi McCrory 's energy and her dedication to strengthening the
community. ... Still, as busy as she is. it is Heidi who remembers people's
birthdays, and who takes the initiative to find ways to show those around
her how much she values them.
"She is a good friend to many, many people across our community, and a
wonderful role model for the girls and young women w ith whom she comes
in contact through her work with the Girl Scouts and at Sweet Briar. She is
without question one of Lynchburg's most noteworthy women of worth."
Sweel Briar College Alumnae Magazir
Winter 2007/2008 • 25
JOAN LUCY, DIRECTOR OF THE LEADERSHIP CERTIFICATE PROGRAM
Recommended by the Shape of the Future study, the Sweet
Briar Board of Directors agreed that a leadership program was
vital to a healthy college campus. The Sweet Briar Leadership
Certificate Program (LCP) was created and developed in 2005 and is
a three phase program open to all students. It combines academic and
experiential learning that develops an understanding of the theory and
foundations of leadership; fosters personal skills such as communication
and ethical decision making; and teaches the organizational skills
necessary to work well with others and to motivate groups working
toward a common goal. By the end of the 2005-2006 academic
year, 24 students were participating in the program. As of fall 20)0)7,
23 students are enrolled in Phase III, 18 students in Phase II, and 32
students in Phase I!
Sweel Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbc.edu
The Sweet Briar College
Leadership Certificate Program
prepares women to become
engaged and influential members
of a workl community. Through
a network of on- and off-campus
mentors, students are empowered
to learn to lead with integrity
through participation in a program
that combines academic and
experiential learning focused on
the foundations of leadership,
individual personal development,
and organizational theories.
Participation in the program is a commitment
that spans a student *s entire on-campus
career. Each phase is completed in one
academic year, yet exceptions are made that
allow students to study abroad or participate
in other special programs. Students who
complete all phases receive a certificate at
graduation; however, they may complete
just one or two phases and still receive
recognition for that particular phase(s).
Transfer students who demonstrate that they
have begun a similar program at another
institution may participate.
Students begin Phase I by being a part of
the Leaders: Emerging and Achieving Program
(LEAP). LEAP meets weekly and provides
exploration leadership concepts, self-awareness,
and may include a community project. Students
may participate in LEAP without intending to
complete the Certificate Program.
Each program phase includes:
• Successful completion of the previous
• Regular meetings with the LCP Director.
These sessions include the study of
theoretical foundations, readings,
discussions, and presentations. Recent
presentations include: Youth. Innovation
and Development: A Global Perspective;
report on attendance at the National
Collegiate Leadership Conference at the
University ol Arizona; and reflection on
leadership defined by Machtavelli
• Attending events « ith an educational
or cultural component outside of class
• requirements. Recent opportunities have
included Ambassador Bushnell's Founders'
Day speech and sessions w iih students, the
PowerShift conference addressing climate
change held in Washington D.C., and the
on-campus Fall Gospel Festival sponsored In
Sweet Briar's new minority group ONYX.
• Participating actively in at least two Icam-
oriented acti\ ities. Students are encouraged
to take leadership roles in these acti\ ities
in Phase II. and Phase 111 requires that the
Student assume a leadership role for at least
• Completion of 12 credit hours from
approved classes that have a focus
on leadership. Courses which meet
the Leadership Certificate Program
requirement must do one or more of the
following: introduce concepts relevant to
leadership; enhance leadership skills; give
students opportunities to take a leadership
role in a collaborative project.
• Attend the on-campus Student Leadership
Conference each spring. Participants in
Phases II and III have the opportunity to
help plan and implement all aspects of the
• Maintain a record of leadership activities
and classes and evaluate the ways in which
she has molded her concept of leadership
and its challenges.
• Write a reflective essay exploring her
definition of leadership and how it has
changed over the course of the year. She
will explore the connections between her
course work and individual experiences.
All students enrolled have reported that
they find the program is valuable to their
college experience and to their future, and
all plan to complete the certificate. Our first
group of students to complete the program
will graduate and receive their certificates
this May — Congratulations!
L ' i.li tfiu 06 ute*vt6 K^LLti . . .
"I'm lucky that Sweet Briar has this
program... the things we do and study in the
Leadership Program help tie it all together...
this program is truly my number one interest
at Sweet Briar."
— Anne Lojek '08. LCPIII
"The Leadership! ertificate program has
been a blessing and a challenge because
of the nature of my majoi and minoi l
was fortunate in my choice to pursue the
education program because the classes
I needed to lake lii quite nicely with the
I eadershipt ertificate requirements, I he
I eadership Certificate Program has allowed
me to invest time and energ) into personal
development along with mj other educal al
goals, something which I Fear I mighl nol
have made time for otherwise. In previous
years, especially in Phase I. I really enjoyed
the chance to bond with other members of
the Sweel Briar community that were not
entrenched in the departments I mainly
work within. We were able to compare our
respective workloads and be comforted that
we were not crazy to pursue so much. The
type of student who becomes involved in the
LCP is often an overachiever already, and
to make friends with other overachievers is
a nice lifeline at times. This year in Phase
III the focus shifted a bit to a more personal
development. I especially enjoyed the mini-
workshops that have been incorporated
into Phase III on useful skills such as
public speaking and time management. The
community we have built within the program
has been a very tangible reminder of why
I came to Sweet Briar in the first place. I
feel at home with the other members, most
of whom I rarely see and may not have ever
become acquainted otherwise."
—Emily Clifton 08 LCP III
"One of the best decisions I have made while at
Sweet Briar was being part of the Leadership
Certificate Program. This program has enabled
me to combine my leadership roles both inside
and outside of the classroom and apply them
to real life situations. The requirements help
hone important leadership skills such as verbal
communication, organization, marketing,
writing communication, and general problem
solving. This program has also helped me to
better understand different types of people and
how to adjust myself in order to better utilize
the skills that each individual person has to
"Nobody said that being a leader was
easy, but in order to be a good leader it is
important to note that practice makes perfect.
If you do not succeed at first it is imperative
that you try, try again. This program helps
guide you on how to be an effective leader
not only inside the classroom or on campus,
but also in the world at large."
—Caroline Chappell 09 LCP II
Sweel Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbc.edu
Winter 2007/2008 • 27
Leadership at Sweet Briar Today
KELLY KRAFT-MEYER, ASSOCIATE DEAN, CO-CURRICULAR LIFE
The Council for the Advancement
of Standards in Higher
Education (CAS) believes:
"Leadership is an inherently relational
process of working with others to
accomplish a goal or to promote
change. " CAS believes that all colleges
should seek to develop a comprehensive
program/opportunity that is purposeful,
holistic, and consists of both curricular
and co-curricular experiences. In
addition, the program should be
intentional, coherent, based on theories
unci knowledge, reflective of the
demographics of the student population
and responsive to the needs of those
Coupling this national benchmark
with George Dehne's ] remarks that
"leadership development has become a
universal theme at most small colleges,
but few have programs that would
convince a prospective student that the
institution is serious about leadership."
However, Sweet Briar College has
created a leadership program that
is focused and comprehensive.
"Leadership is a relationship between
those who aspire to lead and those who
choose to follow. In addition, leadership
is found everywhere — offering hope,
because there is a generation of leaders
searching for opportunities to make
a difference. " Sweet Briar College's
leadership program allows students to
become involved and explore leadership
in a way they choose to define it. There
is not a one-size-fits-all formula. As
a result, there are nine core elements
to the current, yet ever evolving,
New Student Orientation
Orientation exposes students to the wide
array of possibilities they can become
involved in to build and test their leadership
interests and skills. Although this intensive
program includes the basics of room
assignments and course registration, it also:
• informs students of the numerous clubs,
organizations, and groups on campus;
• familiarizes new students with local civic
engagement and volunteer opportunities;
• exposes students to the structured Leaders,
Emerging and Achieving Program (LEAP),
which is also an integral part of the
Leadership Certificate Program;
• expects students to take advantage of
all the opportunities of interest to them,
honing their skills and experiences;
• provides venues for the exchange of ideas,
thoughts, opinions, and efforts.
First-Year Experience Program
The First-Year Experience Program is an
intentionally designed comprehensive,
curricular and co-curricular initiative that
provides new students with opportunities and
resources for making meaningful connections
to the campus community. Students are
introduced to a community that fosters a
greater sense of self-knowledge, a heightened
appreciation and respect for others, a
commitment to life-long learning, and a
supportive climate. This is done through
professional staff support and guidance,
student leaders living and learning with
students in the first-year halls, and a variety
of sponsored lectures, events, and programs
focused on the transitional issues that new
students face. The efforts of the First- Year
Experience Program are ongoing as we help
students develop their identity as women and
as leaders for the future.
In 2001, the Houghton Mifflin Company
and The National Resource Center for
First-Year Experience and Students in
Transition recognized Sweet Briar's First-
Year Experience Program as one often
outstanding first-year programs nationally.
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EXECUTIVE STUDENT LEADERS
To unite the Sweet Briar campus anil promote positive community involvement
and personal growth through </ network of peer support and encouragement that
exemplifies the standards of all Sweet Briar women
LEAP: Leaders, Emerging and
LEAP is a semester-long workshop that has
taken on a variety of formats. Students have
taken advantage of meeting weekly with a
different leadership topie each week. The
presenters have included faculty and stall'
who have discussed leadership theory, sell-
identity, and development, ethics and values,
balance, mediation and resolution, and more.
Asking community members to participate
aNo exposes students to campus resources.
LEAP has utilized books as the common
reading and foundation for the course from
which the weekly units are based. Texts have
focused on leadership lessons with humor,
to an award-winning, historic non-fiction
work (with the author speaking to the class),
to a more scholarly work on the sole topic
of leadership. An experiential component
is built into the framework — whether a
one-time volunteer day to a week-long spring
break trip composed of civic engagement,
history, and physical challenge.
The benefits to participating in LEAP
• the opportunity to earn a Leadership
Certificate — a complement to their
• an understanding for the various theories/
languages of leadership;
• the chance to enhance their communication
and interpersonal skills;
• compiling a reference notebook of
• development of critical thinking skills
and engaging in the SBC community and
forming a network of support.
Executive Student Leaders
There are currently 65 Executive Student
Leaders who applied and were either selected
or elected to represent Co-Curricular Life
through a variety of leadership roles as para-
professionals. To more fully represent a "real
world" situation, these students were required
to submit cover letters and resumes in lieu of
traditional applications. As representatives
of the student body, these leaders play a
crucial role in New Student Orientation, but
more importantly, represent Co-Curricular
Life throughout the academic year. They arc
held to a high standard of expectation and
Who's Who Among Students in
American Universities and Colleges
Each February, selected students are called
forward to accept one of the most prestigious
awards in the academic community —
selection into Who's Who Among Students
in American Universities and Colleges. More
than 1,900 schools in all 50 states and the
District of Columbia confer this exclusive
honor. Nominations are encouraged and
received from all community members: staff
and faculty as well as students.
This award is given to outstanding Sweet
Briar leaders for scholastic ability, participation
and leadership in academic and extra curricular
activities, and community service. In the 2006-
2007 academic year. Sweet Briar inducted 20
of her best student leaders.
Omicron Delta Kappa (ODK)
In April 2004, SBC was granted a charter
for the Circle of ODK. The initiation of this
endeavor was co-sponsored by Co-Curricular
Life, with campus support, and the vice
president of the Student Government
Association. The VP is in charge of
promoting the importance of leadership
amongst the students. Being affiliated with
this nationally recognized honor society for
leadership and being given the honor to wear
the ODK key serves to:
• recognize individuals who have attained
a high standard of leadership in collegiate
activities and encourage them to aspire to
• bring together individuals that represent all
facets of collegiate life and thus to create
an organization that molds the sentiment
of SBC on questions of local and inter-
New student orientation: Learning on the Land.
• mesh Students, staff and facult) on a basis
of mutual interests, understanding, and
Since its inception at Sweet Briar, more
than 50 students and ten staff and faculty
have been honored. ODK pros ides another
means to recognize and encourage excellence
in leadership where it is combined with
excellence in academics — the basic premise
of Co-Curricular Life.
Volunteerism and Civic Engagement
Many Sweet Briar students find that personal
volunteerism and civic engagement is both
enjoyable and rewarding. It also provides the
opportunity to move beyond the bounds of
the College into the larger community.
There are a number of ways to become
involved. In addition to academic courses, the
Career Services Center assists students with
options related to internships/externships and
other ways to combine their interests with the
opportunity to help and serve others.
All clubs and organizations are required
to complete community service projects.
The director of Student Involvement and
Programs and other College staff maintain
contact with a variety of local organizations,
which have civic engagement and volunteer
Sweet Briar College's Leadership Program
recognizes differences amongst students and
allows them to become involved to whatever
degree, in whatever fashion they choose.
The co-curricular life model fuses endless
possibilities for out-of-c!assroom experiences
with the far-reaching liberal arts education
provided by our faculty. It is an ever-
evolving process. The expectations placed
upon the students regarding personal and
social responsibility combined with Sweet
Briar College's mission help to develop the
intellectual skills of our students and create a
realm of leadership opportunities for students
to take advantage of and make a difference.
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Excerpts below are from an essay by President Elisabeth
Muhlenfeld in a forthcoming volume of essays entitled
Educating Leaders for the Modern World, Ronald Riggio,
Michael Genovese. and Thomas Wren, eds., to be published
Today, many colleges and universities are attempting to be
intentional about developing leadership skills and abilities;
a number of excellent programs in leadership studies have
grown up just in the last two decades.... Almost every such
program provides a strong foundational statement as to the
value of broad study in the liberal arts. In fact, however, the
curricula of today's finest leadership studies programs are not
as broad as they could be. Steeped in the social sciences,
psychology and anthropology, students are taught theories
of group dynamics, the history of social movements, the
development of public policy, and the skills of conflict resolution
and change management. Little curricular attention is paid
within these leadership programs themselves to the study of
the arts (especially the doing of creative work], the humanities
or the sciences. Most such programs trust that students will
study within these disciplines by virtue of the general education
courses required of all students. And yet it is in the arts that
creativity (an essential characteristic of the best leaders] is
nourished; in the humanities that communication skills (the sine
qua non for all leaders) are honed; in the sciences that the
most rigorous approaches to problem-solving (again, essential
to leadership) are taught.
... Serious study of the arts, humanities, and sciences
as well as the social sciences, when these subjects are well
taught, insures the development of a deep understanding of the
connectivity between disciplines, the integration of knowledge.
One cannot understand the structure and development of music
without understanding math, physics, chemistry, electronics, or
without a knowledge of history, art, poetry or the conventions
of theater. Musicians must be multi-lingual. Interdisciplinary is,
in other words, essential to the liberal arts — not a modern fad.
One connot study biology today without solid knowledge of
physics, chemistry, mathematics, and computer science, not
to say environmental science and geography. To understand
literature, one must be at least conversant with philosophy,
history, theater, economics, art, and religion, and in many
instances, psychology, sociology, economics and the sciences.
A good liberal arts education provides constant opportunities to
make these connections, to integrate what students are learning
ilassroom with what they learn in another, and with
■;perience of the world outside the classroom altogether.
. should be regarded as a core skill in leadership
pment. Leaders must be able to move nimbly from one
jn everything and everyone that
-;lp reach their goals.
From Learning Leadership Discipline by Discipline:
Cultivating Metaphors for Leadership Through the Study
■ Liberal Arts. — Elisabeth Muhlenfeld
Teoching Leadership through
The Sweet Briar Outdoor Program
LAURA STAMAN, DIRECTOR OF OUTDOOR PROGRAMS
Indiana Fletcher Williams
stated in her intentions for
the College that all students
should have "physical and moral ...
training ... to be useful members
of society." This concept speaks to
what the outdoor program offers
the students today. Following in
the footsteps of programs such as
Outward Bound and the National
Outdoor Leadership School, the
Sweet Briar Outdoor Program
(SWEBOP) has been providing
"outdoor recreational opportunities
that foster personal growth,
responsibility, leadership, and
environmental sensitivity" since
1980. "The SWEBOP trips have
been a great test of my character."
says Sarah Doyle '09.
Personal habits and reactions
that go unnoticed in our
everyday routines are revealed
in the unfamiliar outdoor setting
provided on SWEBOP trips.
Through experiential learning
and reflection, students begin to
weave what they learn into their
everyday lives. "SWEBOP has
given me many leadership skills.
I have learned how outlook can
determine perception." says Sara
Rothamel "09. SWEBOP uses as
a reference. Outdoor Leadership.
Theory and Practice, a book
w ritten by acclaimed adventurers
Bruce Martin, Christine Cashel.
Mark Wagstaff. and Mary Breunig.
In their book, they say that an
"outdoor setting provides a unique
site for personal growth as well as
process. Mastery alone can provide
the motivation for change, but
completing such a task in a unique
physical and social environment
has been shown to have particularly
strong effect. The goal is for this
effect to last, which can only
be accomplished if individuals
are provided with knowledge of
how to transfer their newfound
learning into other contexts. ... The
potential for lasting transformation
in people's lives is what makes
outdoor leadership such an exciting
practice." This is the philosophy we
embrace at Sweet Briar as we teach
our students transferable leadership
skills through outdoor programs.
To SWEBOP, the wilderness is
an outdoor laboratory for leadership
training. On an adventure trip,
participants are in an unfamiliar
environment, and they have to work
together to achieve goals such as
setting up a camp, cooking a meal
together, climbing a cliff face, or
paddling down a river. Time is
set aside for students to reflect
on changing group dynamics
and individual accomplishments
and challenges. Skills are taught
through experience, and as the
group builds competencies in
technical and relational skills, they
show less need for the direction of
professional staff. As they progress,
students will lead others on outings
of their own. The following
excerpts are from current SWEBOP
student instructors reflecting
on their own outdoor leadership
"My attraction to and
motivation within SWEBOP is
the chance to lead students on
successful trips that contribute to
the personal growth of all parties
involved. The fact that I have fun
while doing it is just an added
Sara Rothamel '09 created this sticker sold as a fundraiser
for a Whitewater kayaking trip to South America. The sticker
demonstrates the self-efficacy the students have gained as outdoor
adventure leaders in what is still a male dominated field.
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bonus. I he outlel to use mj skills to develop someone
else's is welcomed and exciting for me. I am so fortunate
to be able to pass on all that I have learned to participants
and fellow instructors. ■ ••
Being ;i SWEBOP instructor has also been an
opportunity for me to demonstrate to myself that 1 am
a capable leader. ... That confidence then translates
itself into mv actions as a leader and enables me to
lead successful trips. One such excursion was the
backpacking trip I co-led this fall without a non-student
leader along to assist. Sarah Doyle and I led that
group out of our o\\ n know ledge and skills, and it
was a fantastic trip. What I am now seeing is that
the participants didn't trust me to lead them up that
mountain because I handed them a resume and showed
them my pay stubs. It wasn't because I was the one with
the compass and first aid kit. They followed me because
it was ob\ ious that I believed that we could do it. 1
trusted myself, and they trusted me in return." — Rebecca
"As a rambunctious first-year [student], 1 could not be
counted on for much. 1 have grown so much as a leader
in the outdoor program; I am now the person people
depend on and ask for guidance." — Amanda Baker '09
"For me, SWEBOP was not about leadership, it
was about caving, backpacking, camping, rafting, rock
climbing, and (most importantly) kayaking. But on the
first day of the Spring Break Rock Climbing trip last
year. Laura, our director, made an analogy that being a
leader was a lot like rock climbing. A comment which
totally passed me by because, well, 1 wasn't a leader; I was
simply the grunt work girl whose job it was to make sure
that everyone had health forms and that all the pieces of
the tents ended up in the right spot. But as the week went
on the comment started to make more sense. As a leader
you can only know so much. Just as you never really
know what the hand and foot holds are going to be like
on the rock, you never really know what mother nature
or crazy participants are going to throw at you. You can
set up good anchors and prepare yourself with knowledge
for the trip, but as in rock climbing, you just have to go
for it and trust that you really can reach that next ledge.
Great leaders are the ones who can trust their set-up and
co-leaders enough to take that risk. For me SWEBOP is
about being that leader." — Carlie Adams '10
Leading Through Philanthropy
LAURA G. GLOVER, DIRECTOR OF ANNUAL GIVING
An important aspect
of leadership is an
understanding of the
power of personal philanthropy.
The Senior Class Campaign
encourages seniors to discover
the joy ol'giv ing through a year-
long program of philanthropy
education. This year's campaign
theme is "Hope Everlasting"
in memory of classmate Laura
Jahnke, who passed away
in February 2007 after a
courageous battle with cancer.
Laura was a remarkable leader
and a role model of selfless
and joyful giving to everyone
who knew her. As Campaign
Chair Natalie Batman '08 states.
"Laura left a legacy on our
campus by giving of herself to
others every day. and it is my
hope that we can follow her
example by making philanthropy
and volunteering part of our
lives, starting now."
The Senior Class kicked
off their campaign with a
celebration announcing their
goals to raise $4,000 as a class
gift in 2008 and pledge $6,000
for 2009 as young alumnae.
President Muhlenfeld addressed
the class with a message about
Sweet Briar's legacy of giving.
Annual Fund Chair Mollie
Johnson Nelson '64 challenged
the class to support their
campaign and vowed to make a
personal commitment of S7.500
to the class gift if the seniors
reach 75 percent participation.
Laura Jahnke's parents,
Doug and Merilee Jahnke. were
special guests of the Senior
Class. Mr. Jahnke's remarks
on Laura's incredible spirit of
giving follow. Laura's spirit lives
on in her classmates, and the
Class of 2008 is poised to make
a transformational difference for
Sweet Briar through a lifetime of
Seniors Allison Carr, Diana Simpson, and
Jenn Doherety enjoy the campaign kickoff.
Annual Fund Chair Mollie Johnson Nelson
'64 sits with seniors Natalie Batman and Liz
Killiam during SBC lunch hour to promote the
Hope Everlasting campaign.
veet Briar College Alumnae Magazine
Senior Class Campaign Committee Members
celebrate the campaign kickoff. L-R: Cat Cox,
Ellie Donahue, and Whitney Towler
Winter 2007/2008 • 3 1
Remarks by Doug Jahnke
Merilee and I would like to thank the
senior class for including the memory
of our wonderful daughter, Laura, as
a significant component of this year's
fundraiser. While 1 am delivering the
message this evening, please know that
Merilee and 1 collaborated in developing this
message so the thoughts shared this evening
are from both of us.
Also know that Laura was a very
generous and giving person in all ways and
would have been honored that the Senior
Class is thinking of her as they give to a
worthwhile cause. Sweet Briar was a special
place to Laura, and by extension it has
become so to us as well, and the memories
of her time here and the times we have
\ isited will be with us always.
From childhood Laura always put
other individuals' needs in front of her
own. She would not only listen when others
were dealing with tough issues, but she had
great insight into helping them, usually
in commonsense ways that left
everyone feeling good. She would not only
see problems in the world that needed
attention, but she would do something about
them to the extent she was able.
Giving was an inherent part
of Laura's structure of beliefs that she
expressed at an early age. When we decided
as a family to get a dog, there wasn't much
discussion about where we should search
for the right one. We all felt that finding a
dog at the humane society would help out an
unfortunate puppy, so we all went down to
the Toledo Humane Society and we found
Laura was eight at the time, and we
didn't realize until afterward how moved
she was by the trip to the humane society.
While the animals were well cared for.
the li\ing conditions were pretty spartan.
Concrete floors and block walls, metal bars
like prison cells detained the dogs — verj
basic sur\i\al conditions. Laura was moved
i trj lo help them, and I think she came to
the realization during that \ isit that some ki\'
these dogs, if not adopted, would not make
u. I think if we had said okay, she would
have brought all of them home with us. We
selected a cute, small German shepherd
mixed breed, named her Princess, and
shared a life with her for many years.
Shortly after we brought Princess
home, Laura decided to save her allowance
for Lent to give to the humane society.
When it came time to send the money to the
humane society after Easter, she informed
us that she also wanted to add all of the
money in her savings account to her gift.
This wasn't a whole lot of money to us,
as I recall the total was around S80, but
to her it was all she had. And even at that
age Laura had begun to develop her highly
sensitized affinity to shopping, which I'm
sure some of her friends here at Sweet
Briar were aware of and probably even
helped to fine-tune. At the age of eight, this
gift seemed like a pretty big deal to us, but
for Laura it was simply the right thing to do.
I asked her if she didn't want to give just a
part, say half, of her savings, but she had
made up her mind to give all of her money.
Merilee took Laura back to the humane
society to deliver her savings. The director
came out and was surprised to see such
a young girl making such a generous
donation. She received a very nice thank-you
note from the humane society, but the bigger
thanks was in knowing that she had done
her part to support an organization that was
helping the homeless animals of the world to
We won't ever know whether this
experience inspired her passion for
animals — including her love of horses,
which was an attraction of Sweet Briar — or
whether it was just an in-born trait, but we
do know that her generous spirit was one of
her endearing qualities.
When she was at the hospital for week-
long stints during 18 chemotherapy cycles
after her first diagnosis, she didn't sit in
her room and watch TV or videos, or read
books, or sulk about what an unfortunate
hand fate had dealt her. When she had any
energy at all. she would entertain visitors,
chat with docs and nurses, or walk the
halls and visit others who usually had
similar illnesses or treatments. If they were
children, Laura would play with them or
color pictures. Laura could get just about
anyone to talk about themselves and their
likes and dislikes and their families and
their hobbies and their friends lo take their
minds off of what they were going through.
It was never about Laura. It was always
about others. She was so generous with her
time. She enjoyed hearing others' stories and
she brought out the best side of everyone. To
Laura, no one had a bad side.
In August of 2006. when Laura had
finished some palliative treatment at M.D.
Anderson Hospital in Houston, she knew
she was dying. She asked Dr. Pete what she
should do. "Do what would make you the
happiest," he replied. She chose to come
back to Sweet Briar. Through her humane
society experience, we had learned that we
shouldn't and wouldn't be able to change her
mind once it was made up. So, in spite of
our wanting to be with her every moment,
we agreed to let her come back to Sweet
Briar. She chose her classes carefully, trying
to pick those that would be meaningful
and that she could handle. She had loved
her previous photography class with Paige
Critcher and enrolled in that. She loved the
challenge of Lynn Laufenburg's classes and
enrolled despite worrying that she wouldn't
be able to fulfill the requirements. She loved
history and Professor Berg's inspiration,
which helped her to choose that as her major.
She loved music, so she chose a piano class
with Rebecca McCord to supplement her
banjo lessons with Joe Malloy.
Unfortunately, it took only weeks before
she realized that her body was just too tired.
She couldn't keep up. and while everyone,
and I mean everyone at Sweet Briar was
wonderful about helping, she made the
decision that the time had come to spend
her time with her family and friends in the
comfort of her own home. It was a blessing
to have her loving spirit with us until she
passed away on February 19, 2007.
We still receive warm messages from
many of you and other friends and family.
The essence of many of these messages is
that those who knew Laura often think,
"What would Laura do in this situation?"
as they go about their lives. I often ask
myself the same thing because she was such
a role model even to me, her father (isn't
it supposed to be the other way around?) I
know that today she would be happy, and
probably is happy, to have all of you think
about her as you face the opportunity to give
to this worthwhile Sweet Briar Senior Class
Campaign, and how you can generously
support it in her name.
Thanks again for remembering Laura in
this special final year for all of you.
SPECIAL NOTE: Anyone wishing to
honor Laura's memory with a gift to
Sweet Briar may do so, and donations
will be counted in the 2008 Senior
Class Campaign. Gifts should be
made out to Sweet Briar College with
the notation "Senior Class Gift in
memory of Laura Jahnke" and mailed
to The Annual Fund, Box G, Sweet
Briar, VA 24595.
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Barbara Parker, director
of human resources
JUZANNE RAMSEY, STAFF WRITER
Barbara Parker is the
leu director of human
ssources. She brings more
han 25 years of human
Sweet Briar and has
worked in industry, eit>
government and education.
She comes to Sweet
Briar from Central Virginia
Community College, where
ihe was a faculty and staff
ecruiler. She also teaches
in HR course at CVCC.
'rior to that, she was HR director for the city of
Bedford for five years.
Parker has completed her Senior Professional
rertification for the National Society for Human
Resources and has a master's degree in career
:ounseling and college placement from North
?arolina Central College in Durham. N.C.
When she's not working. Parker enjoys traveling
o warm places and shopping. She also is active at
jreater Brookville Church, where she chairs the
Parker lives in Lynchburg with her husband, Craig,
ind has two adult sons. One is in the Special Forces
ind just left for Afghanistan; the other is a chef at
Dhio State University.
'EN HUUS, DEAN OF ADMISSIONS
sheena Hubbard has
esigned her position
n the Admissions
Dffice, effective Friday,
lanuary 18, 2008.
sheena has worked in
he Admissions Office
iince graduating from
sweet Briar. She's been
in invaluable member of
ny staff, and I will miss
ler constantly inquisitive
nind and her dedication
o her students.
Nancy Douthat Goss '55
Nancy Goss, a supporter of women's education and historic
preservation, has been recently honored with several communications to
the Alumnae Office. She died on July 10. 2007, and her important work
in historic preservation and women's education is a noteworthy gift to
After she left Sweet Briar with her degree in psychology, Nancy
became the first woman to serve on the Zoning Board of Appeals in
Worcester, MA, and took on the role of vice president of the Friends of
the Goddard Library at Clark University. Among her many activities,
she volunteered at the Worcester Art Museum and received her master's
degree in English linguistics from Clark.
In time, Nancy became the vice president of the North Andover
Historical Society; became a guide for the Museum of Fine Arts in
Boston; and was museum house chairwoman of the Moffatt-Ladd House
in Portsmouth, New Hampshire. This prompted her to become part
of the National Society of the Colonial Dames of America (NSCDA).
which takes an active approach to promoting American heritage.
Nancy served 12 years with the Dames on the National Museum
Properties Committee as Region IV Vice-Chairman. National Museum
Properties Chairman, and chairman of two National Museum Properties
One of Nancy's widely noted accomplishments is an article she
coauthored for The Magazine ANTIQUES, which was distributed to
over 63,000 readers. Because of its great success. 13.000 reprints of
this issue were distributed. Beyond helping to write the article, Nancy
volunteered for four years to create this issue, which focused on the
Dames collections and their significance. "She inspired people to
understand history because of the emotion she felt in history." remarked
Elizabeth Hays Terry and Hilary Field Gripekoven of The
Magazine ANTIQUES said: "Nancy helped lead the NSCDA toward
an increasingly professional level of museum management by: raising
the standards of preservation, record keeping and financial disclosure:
insisting on collection policies: encouraging broadening the sources
of funds to maintain the properties; and. taking time daily to solve
problems and answer questions from museum properties' staff and
boards." Truly, Nancy was a woman who has made a difference in
historic preservation for years to come. — C. Murray
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SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE
^ President's Trip
Voyage Through America's .
rench Heritage: From Normandy
Paris Aboard the Cezanne t
Celebrating the 60th Anniversary
of Sweet Briar's Junior Year in
Sharing with Harvard and Yale
i kmm-AzrMn iwS minti li
Jkraine and Romania aboard the
■ M.S. Dnieper Princess
1 Fine Arts
July 28- Waterways of the Tsars:
August 11 -St. Petersburg to Moscow aboard
; the M.S. Volga Dream
.' Sharing with Washington & Lee and the
- National Trust for Historic Preservation
July 29- Village Life in Ireland:
August 6 ' Dublin and Killarney
October 22-30 Alumni Campus Abroad in
Sharing with Northeastern
May 29-June 11 South Africa: Three Kingdoms
(with an optional extension to
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Bertha Lamar Goode Moore
Bertha Moore, 58, died on Wednesday, October 17, 2007, at her
home after of a prolonged illness. She is survived by three children,
Delmar Goode, Lawan Moore-Marshall, and Edmund Hardman;
one brother, Robert Goode Jr., of Baltimore, Maryland; two sisters,
Florence Simms of Petersburg, and Virginia (Johnny) Mason, of
Lynchburg; and eight grandchildren.
Bertha was a member of the Sweet Briar Housekeeping
Department from May 1999-March 2007. She tended to the
Alumnae Office and the Cochran Library. Bertha was faithful in her
duties and always extended a warm smile and great enthusiasm for
the College. Because of the housekeeping schedule. Bertha was most
often the first person in the Alumnae Office each day. "It was such a
pleasure to be greeted by Bertha, and I looked forward to seeing her
each morning. Her optimistic view often set the tone for my day,"
commented Missy Witherow '80, associate director of the alumnae
A funeral service was held Monday. October 22, 2007, at
Peaceful Baptist Church, Lynchburg.
Frank H. Fedorovich
Frank H. Fedorovich died on August 22, 2007 at the age of 78.
Frank was Director of the Physical Plant at Sweet Briar from
1987-1997 under a contract with Service Master, Inc.
Born in Akron. Ohio, Frank lived in Amherst as well as
Ohio. He retired from Goodyear Tire & Rubber in 1987 after 42
years of service. He loved boating and water skiing and was also
a former member of the Knights of Columbus.
He is survived by his wife of 23 years, Betty; sons. Frank
(Peggy) and Gary; daughter Barbara (Donald) Oakes; stepson,
David (Kelly) Willison; 12 grandchildren; one great-grandchild;
brother, Paul (Ruth); sisters Rose Uhrich Carole Fedorovich and
Anne (Lee) McDaniel.
A Mass of Christian Burial was held August 25th at the Holy
Spirit Catholic Church in Uniontown, Ohio.
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Mrs. Hanson H. Hodge
October 1 1 , 2007
Mrs. George G. Kundahl
October 25, 2007
Sarah De Saussure
Mrs. C. Elliott Heath
November 27, 2007
August 27, 2007
Mrs. Katherine S. Soles
July 1 1 , 2006
Mrs. Robert A. Purdue
November 27, 2007
Mrs. C. Edwin Linville
November 26, 2007
Mrs. C. F. Miller
December 26, 2007
Miss Anne H. Brooke
June 20, 2007
Mrs. Robert F. Wiemer
July 7, 2007
Mrs. E. Leigh Johnson, Jr.
December 2, 2007
Mrs. George Love
September 1 7, 2007
Mrs. Nathaniel P.
August 20, 2007
Mrs. William E. Skilton
September 9, 2007
Miss Isabel Scriba
November 18, 2007
Mrs. Charles H. Gerlach
Mrs. Robert W. Gorsuch
March 30, 1999
Mrs. David W. Fletcher
October 9, 2007
Mrs. Ralph Crosnoe
September 27, 2007
Mrs. Marjorie H. Raber
January 18, 1996
Mrs. John Turner II
November 1 0, 2004
Mrs. William B.
September 1 , 2007
Mrs. John I. Wheatley
February 1 2, 2007
Mrs. McKee Hullett
December 1 , 2007
Mrs. George F. Kreker
October 1 4, 2007
Mrs. Philip Shirkey
December 16, 2006
Mrs. Robert R. King, Jr.
November 3, 2007
Mrs. Thomas G. Lynch
October 1 0, 2007
Mrs. Thomas G. Lynch
October 15, 2007
Mrs. T F. McCarry
November 28, 2007
Mrs. Jay G. Terry
Mrs. J. Ormsby Phillips
December 1 7, 2007
Mrs. George W.
June 10, 2007
Mrs. Margaret Overly
October 3, 2007
Mrs. Margaret C. Smith
Mrs. Carolyn J. Danley
July 18, 2006
Mrs. William G. Boone Jr.
September 8, 2007
Mrs. Charles E.
October 13, 2007
Mrs. Julian Olevsky
Mrs. Irving Manson
July 1 1 , 2004
Anne Louise Fletcher
Mrs. Anne L. Bedford
June 22, 2007
Mrs. William D. Curlee
November 1 1 , 2005
Faith June Wildes
Mrs. Douglas MacArthur
September 26, 2007
Mrs. Donna A. Mullens
January 6, 2008
Mrs. L. H. Ginn III
November 7, 2007
Mrs. Frederic Mosher
June 27, 2007
Mrs. Byron Spencer, Jr.
September 15, 2007
Mrs. Thomas A.
June 1 8, 2007
Mrs. John E. Moore
September 23, 2007
Mrs. Roger Allen Verse
Ms. Kathleen Williams
August 24, 2007
Ms. Margaret B.
November 23, 2007
Miss Suzanne D. Flagg
June 28, 2000
Miss Melissa Ann
March 22, 2006
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Mrs. W. F. Stohlman
Martha Lou Lemmon
Pennswood Village D-212
1382 Newtown-Langhorne Rd.
Newtown PA 18940
Mrs. W. Burke Davis, Jr.
4100 Well Spring Drive
Greensboro, NC 27410
?au ft ,-■ 3006
Mrs. George M. Brooke, Jr.
Frances Fleming Bailey
405 Jackson Avenue
Lexington, VA 24450
Ruth M. Schwartz
2242 Langley Circle
Orlando, FL 32835
Our class is still looking for a secretary.
Won't someone please volunteer? As your
former-elected Class Secretary, I don't want
to let you down, so I'm sending class news
I received this year. It's being written while
tending to my husband's (96) aging needs.
We call home a 2-suite-set-of-rooms on 1
floor with a back patio overlooking lovely
green grass, magnolia trees, and flowers we
plant. Our rooms are attractive and we're
comfortable — making friends from all over
the USA. It's in an assisted living community
in Winter Garden, FL. As we no longer
drive, we participate in the activities of this
community, and weekly go with a group in
their private van to horticultural classes at
the Leu Gardens in Orlando. I go everywhere
with my trusty walker, while my husband
needs only a cane! We're well cared for and
we see our daughter and family 2 or 3 times
a week. Our son and his family come down
to visit from Cleveland Hts., OH, 2 or 3 times
a year during school holidays. Since being
here, I have appreciated hearing from some
Last spring Margaret "Maggie"
Dowell Kearney sent a note written with
the help of her macular degenerative
equipment. She doesn't drive, but lives in
Vera Beach, FL, near her pharmacist son.
She lives in the assisted living community
Lobby Indian River Estates West Community.
I had a wonderful letter from Georgia
Herbert Hart, from her assisted-living
home in West Columbia, SC. In Aug., she
was asked to "hit out" the 1st ceremonial
shot at the Jane Covington Golf Clinic in
Orangeburg, to benefit junior golf. Georgia
admits to being terrified, but "nailed it"! The
ball sailed down the middle of the fair way,
over a bog, and up a hill! There were high-
fives from everyone afterward. She enclosed
a copy of a letter sent to her from the
Washington National Cathedral Committee.
The Dean wished to thank her for traveling
from SC to celebrate their national ministry
honoring the people of the Palmetto State of
SC Major State Day. Georgia was an oblation
bearer as she helped raise funds for the
Cathedral — an honor! At home, she was
pleased to hear SBC Pres. Betsy Muhlenfeld
speak at Georgia's Carolina annual meeting.
Our President is a real scholar and a
delightful person. Currently, Georgia has a
relative attending SBC, Carli Adams from
Another card was received from long-
time (since 1936) friend and classmate,
Marjorie Lee Stock Clemens of St.
Joseph, Ml. She still volunteers at the local
library and historical society. She travels
with her children to their summer place in
northern Ml, which they enjoy very much.
Adelaide "Polly" Boze Glascock is an
active person in the Richmond, VA, area. At
their retirement home, she gives lots of TLC
to her husband and attends SBC functions
as often as possible.
Please send more news to either Polly
or me. If anyone would volunteer to be the
1940s Class Secretary, let us know!
Ann M. Reams
771 Bon Air Circle
Lynchburg, VA 24503
Elizabeth Blackmer Childs and
Ann Reams, former director of
the Alumnae Association, sit on
a new bench donated to Sweet
Briar in memory of Grace Bugg
Muller-Thym by her family during
g^unlcn 2008: W(ay 16 -IS. ZOOS
Dr. Catherine Silverman
5118 Monroe Vlg
Monroe Township, NJ 08831
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Mrs. Pierpont B. Buck
Covenant Hill Farm
9357 Covenant Hill Lane
Marshall, VA 20115
Julia Mills Jacobsen
Mary Haskins King
501 Kimberly Drive
Greensboro, NC 27408
Mrs. Mary H. King
501 Kimberly Drive
Greensboro, NC 27408
-n From Wyline Chapman Sayler: "Dear
a Julie, Thanks for doing this. Your typing
@ is superb; mine has NO EXCUSES for its
<o mistakes. Not much going on here. Just hot
§•_ FL. Not much tennis this summer, but getting
> back in it with Sept./Oct. We've added our
5 3rd adorable great-granddaughter to our 5
^ granddaughters and 5 grandsons! Amazing
that all this started with 4 BOYS! Henry is
still amazing with his sorry eyesight, biking
with the St. Pete bicycle club every Sat.
for 20 mi., 5 days a wk at the gym unless
he has to put something back together.
Quite a fella! I'm still delivering Meals on
Wheels, helping First Methodist's Mail Box
and Locker Ministry at the Salvation Army
for the homeless in town of which there are
too many! Am sure Dale Sayler Morgan
will say she had successful hip replacement
about 4 wks ago. Doing wonderfully and
minding the doctor. Hope you're feeling
well. You're a peach for taking on this task.
Love, Wyline" [Not so peachy when I get the
deadlines mixed up JMJ)
Ann "Dickie" Dickson Jordan "Have
been over to SBC a couple of times. We're
only an hour away. We'll have to start
thinking about our 65th in 2010." Later,
Dickie wrote: "Luke and I took a cruise in
May. Flew to Barcelona and got on a ship,
the Brilliance of the Sea. a Royal Caribbean
line which was like a floating Ritz Carlton.
2 wks in the Med. We went to France, Italy,
Turkey, Greece and Greek Isles. Then back
to Barcelona. We stayed a few days there
before going home. It was best! It was
Luke's 1st cruise — he loved it."
Antoinette Le Bris Maynard Dear
Julie, Great to hear from you and see that
you're so active. I still live in northeast PA.,
near daughter Carol and husband Joe:
their children are in colleges far away, but
they still look after me. Granddaughter
Claire graduated Magna cum Laude from
American U. last year. My little house at
the end of their property has several guest
rooms and I wish you could come to visit.
I have a beautiful garden which Dr. Joe
tends in his spare time; bad legs keep me
from too much exercise. At the moment,
I can still use the computer, when AOL is
working and I'm in touch with a few friends.
Williams Coll. is exhibiting the work of the 2
Prendergast brothers, and since I'm the only
person who ever lived with them, and they
did so much for me, Williams would like to
have it archived. My contribution makes me
relive memories which they are interested
in. So I try and it keeps the days from being
too sad and makes me grateful for my life,
and all the kindnesses along the way. I'm
continuing the story of the rest of my life,
which was pretty exciting. Great to be in
touch with you. Love. Antoinette"
Julia Mills Jacobsen: Had my annual
visit with Lovah and David Gearheart. They
have a place at Bethany Beach, DE. also.
They're always full of news.
Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine '
Winter 2007/2008 • 37
Mrs. Robert M. Saunders
955 Harpersville Rd.
Newport News, VA 23601
Mrs. John G. Stewart
18 0sprey Land
Rumson, NJ 07760
Catherine Barnett Brown
4 Pippins Way
Convent Station, NJ 07961
Please check your Alumnae Magazine when
it arrives for the card provided for your
notes for our next column. I never got out
the promised mailing to all of you, so I hope
you'll write on your own.
The computer keeps me in touch with
many of you, as you will see below, but I'd
like to have news from the rest of you as
Mary Fran Brown Ballard and Don
attended Homecoming on campus in Sept.,
along with Judy Easley Mak and Carolyn
Cannady Evans. Judy and Carolyn walked
up Monument Hill, and Mary Fran got to
judge the cardboard boat contest, which is
always hilarious. Mary Fran says her new
knee is doing fine, but not up to climbing
that hill! Homecoming is a pleasant time to
visit campus; we should consider attending
Judy Baldwin Waxter and Bill visited
SBC in Oct. along with neighbor Carol
Blanton McCord, '47, and enjoyed a talk
by Michael Pollan, author of The Botany
of Desire and The Omnivore's Dilemma,
recommended reading. Judy says there are
about 6 alumnae living in Broadmead where
the Waxters are now located — enough to
form a club!
Preston Hodges Hill and Gene spent
the summer at home, with children and
grands visiting frequently. Preston swims
and plays "old lady" doubles tennis at their
club while Gene enjoys lunching with friends
on the terrace. He is mostly in a wheel chair,
though his recently broken and pinned hip
has healed well.
Peggy Cromwell Talliaferro was
off on her 5th Elderhostel trip in '07 and
is enthusiastic about these well-planned
events. A recent favorite was going down
the MS on a converted barge from Memphis
to New Orleans, stopping at Vicksburg,
Natchez, and Baton Rouge.
Larry Lawrence Simmons and Charles
attended the wedding of a daughter (the
last one!) in NYC in perfect Jun. weather,
a wonderful family reunion to celebrate
the bride and groom, both in their 40s and
never married before! Larry and Charles
will spend Thanksgiving in Grand Cayman
with much of the family and return to OH for
Christmas. At home, they keep busy doing
Meals on Wheels and reading to groups
of children. I can imagine how lively those
sessions must be: Alice in Wonderland with
Ellen Ramsay Clark sends news
from the sunny south where she and Ken
spent some time in Oestin this summer. No
dangerous hurricanes so far this season,
though Noel is blowing around as I write this
on Halloween. In Memphis, Ellen and Ken
had dinner with Mimi Semmes Dann who
was in our class for just a year and is now
Memphis's leading potter. Ellen sees Carter
Van Deventer Slatery when she comes to
Memphis to visit her son Charles. Carter lost
her husband, Herbert, just before Christmas
'06. Ellen hears from Ruthie Garrett
Preucel, and Ruthie stays in touch with
Polly Plummer Mackie who has moved to
a retirement center in Bryn Mawr where she
is happy and coping better with arthritis. 3
of the Clark's grandchildren are in college,
at Annapolis, Chapel Hill and SMU, while
others range from 2nd-10th grade, incl.
son Marshall's triplets (12). Ellen also has to
keep up with husband Ken who walks the
golf course every day and practices law (his
father didn't retire until well into his 90s).
We send our sympathy to Marilyn
Hopkins Bamborough who lost her
husband Jim in Sept.
Walter and I look forward to returning to
FL for the winter after family Thanksgiving
at our new townhouse in NJ, and to the
Jan. wedding in Melbourne Beach of our
granddaughter Jessica Holmes. We're both
fit enough to enjoy all the activities, unless
they run past our bedtime.
Patricia Halloran Salvadori
9 North Stratford Road
Arlington Heights, IL 60004
Sad news: Kay LeRoy Wing died on 6/20
from an infection contracted in the hospital.
Ironically her knee replacement was
successful. I will miss our annual Christmas
holiday luncheons in Chicago. She called
herself "the merry widow," and that she
Sally Bianchi Foster spent a
week in Paris with daughter Meg and 2
granddaughters, Sarah and Rebecca. Meg
had an apartment for 1 month; they lived
like Parisians, shopping daily at the market
and having breakfasts of cafe creme and
croissants while people watching. Bastille
Night they went to the local firehouse at 1 1
p.m. and danced away. At Bianchi's request,
Meg took her to visit the Sorbonne "where
my beloved Nancy Franklin attended her
jr. year... I wanted to walk where she had
walked, and as I'm increasingly wont to
do, talk in my head to absent friends." She
remembers Nancy relating stories about
the scarce food and the cold. Anne Peyton
Cooper has described how the weekly
decision at St. Andrew's was whether to
allocate the coal ration over 7 days or burn
it immediately to have 1 2 hrs of warmth:
Gals it was 1 948! Unfortunately Bianchi had
a terrible bomb scare at Charles de Gaulle
Airport on her return and will never fly again
unless "I can take a magical pill at home
and wake up at my destination."
Lola Steele Shepherd and Deedee are
contemplating selling their lovely home in
the hills above Lexington, VA, for something
closer to shops, etc. One major problem is
they plan to take their 2 mares along!
After a scorching summer and drought,
Henrietta Hill Hubbard looked forward
to a big family gathering Thanksgiving,
including her great-granddaughter: "It blows
my mind that my child is a grandfather!"
Pat Owens Purvis was also in England
and Wales visiting her daughter and family
for about 7 wks. In the fall she visited
her grandson, a freshman at U.AL It was
Parents' Day so she had great fun attending
the football game, etc. The beautiful campus
with its Southern architecture reminded her
Betty Elmore Gilleland who planned to
have knee surgery in Nov., was kind enough
to call several classmates: Nancy Storey
White, Nell Greening Keen, Diana Dent
and Merry Moore Lynn. Nancy and Nell
both enjoy their retirement homes in FL.
Nancy sent a message:'Tm still kicking;"
Diana who lives in a retirement home in
Greenwich, CT, sounded great; Dottie
Montague Cholnoky stops by to see her
occasionally. Dottie divides time between
Greenwich and AZ. Merry sounded chipper
although she said she's slowed down. She
finally retired from her job in her brother's
office. She and Jim are still in their house in
Needham, MA. "Don't call after 7:30 p.m. as
we take the phone off the hook and turn in
for the night!"
I had many e-mails returned, marked
"in error." It would help if you would update
your addresses or return the postcards. I
would like to hear from many more of you.
Patricia L. Winks
312 Arguello Blvd. No 3
San Francisco, CA 94118
Bruce Watts Krucke
7352 Toogoodoo Rd.
Yonges Island, SC 29449
Thanks to those who sent in your news! If I
don't have your e-mail address, please send
it to the above address. I'll get you in next
time. Can you believe we are 75?!
Sally Gammon Plummer, like many
of us, leads a busy, active life of retirement.
She went on birding trips to Costa Rica,
Lake Tahoe, Yosemite, and Sequoia National
Parks. Her family had a big reunion in
Taos, NM, where her parents retired. Sally
volunteers weekly at the natural history
museum, is active in her church, and
takes courses through an adult learning
Nancy Maury Miller will celebrate her
50th wedding anniversary in Dec. All the
children and grandchildren (22 years-4
months), will be there for the occasion — 16
in all I think. Daughter Anne, who didn't go
to college right out of h.s., will graduate
in Dec. She and her daughter are both at
It was good to hear from Ellie Vorys
Machneer after a long time. She jokes that
she's living at the Old Ladies Home and
has great health, good friends, and all her
children living nearby. She has traveled to
FL, HI, and Canada, sees Jeanne Stoddart
Like me, Logan Bentley Lessaro
has had cataracts removed from both
eyes. (I hope hers were as successful as
mine. I no longer wear glasses after 50
years, but glasses hide a lot of wrinkles,
I've discovered.) Logan is trying to decide
whether to move back to the States after
all these years in Rome. She wants a
small university town with a Costco and
heated pool, no freezing winters, no humid
summers, and something all on one floor. A
hard bill to fit! She's reading a lot of Clare
Booth Luce's books which Letitia Baldridge,
the ambassador's secretary left to her.
Logan didn't work with the Spoleto Festival
this year. Our mayor in Charleston is hoping
to renew the twinship with our Spoleto and
the Italian one. Logan met him when he
was in Italy.
It's been 6 years since Marilynn Clark
Leathers retired from her loved position as
Director of Sales for the City of Phoenix's
Symphony Hall and Orpheum Theatre. Her
time is dedicated to her grandchildren and
continuing college courses in art, music,
history, and literature. She feels strongly that
SBC alumnae should continue education
when they retire.
Ann Collins Teachout and husband
have returned from 3 weeks in China, a trip
they recommend. Their girls and families
will be with them at Christmas and their
annual viewing of the Rose Bowl Parade.
Ladies from the class of 1 954
gathered for a mini-reunion this
First row, L-R: Betty Dykes Steib,
Shirley Hunter Slingluff. Second
row, L-R: Merrill Underwood
Barringer, Dilly Johnson Jones,
Shirley Poulson Broyles. Third row,
L-R: Nella Gray Barkley, Kirk
Tucker Clarkson, and Vaughan
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Their oldest granddaughter is married and
teaches music at an international school in
Seoul. Korea. The next oldest, a ballerina
with the Nashville Ballet Company, will be
married next summer. Ann is very active
in her church, where Bill is a lull-time
volunteer. Their main outreach is to the
under-served in the community, homeless
children, and missions.
Ruthie Sanders Smith and Norm went
to the Netherlands to see the tulips, but she
injured her knee, and they had to come back
without seeing them. Alter months ot therapy,
she was very happy to play golf again, She
helps her granddaughter a lot with homework
and thanks SBC lor the knowledge. During
her recuperation, she began trading stocks
by computer, which she enjoys. They are
going to Cuba in Feb. with their synagogue
and a Baptist church from Savannah, and to
France in summer to complete the aborted
trip last spring.
Sadly. Maggie Mohlman Degler
writes that husband Bud has been living
in a Memory Care Center for over a year
with dementia, probably Alzheimer's. She
went to Williamsburg for Mary Jane Roos
Fenn's 75th birthday party. Maggie goes to
water aerobics 4 days a week and loves her
Billie Isdale Beach is not retired
at all! Her company is doing mercury
measuring now, which is a very 'in' thing.
Daughter Alison is a professor at W&M and
published another book on Monasticism and
Manuscripts. They live in Bonn, Germany,
where Billie's son-in-law teaches at the U.
of Bonn; their children are going to German
schools and playing the violin. Andrew is
first violinist with the Bonn Beethoven Youth
Jo Nelson Booze moved to Broadmead,
a Quaker Continuing Care Retirement
Community last spring. There are other
alumnae there too. She has had some
breathing problems following pneumonia
and attends a breathing clinic. She's in a
book club with old friends, volunteers at
church, does Meals on Wheels, and fishes
in the Chesapeake Bay. Her new hobby is
turning wooden bowls on a lathe after taking
a course in it and is having some success!
She planned to play her last game of golf
with her kids at Thanksgiving. Jody has
been helping her son restore an 1890 farm
house on the Eastern Shore of MD.
Mary Jane Roos Fenn and Faith
Rahmer Croker had a memorable trip to
China last spring. Mary Jane will be going
to Greece in Jun. with an h.s. friend. Her
daughters threw a big 75th birthday party
for her in Williamsburg and she will be going
to CT to spend Thanksgiving and Christmas
Mary Anne Bowns Bell writes from
John's Island in Vera Beach, FL, where
they have lived for 1 2 yrs, after selling
their houses in Tortola BVI, New Brunswick
Canada, Lewis and Greenville, DE, and
retiring from the lumber company and
Columbia Gas. They have 3 married
daughters and 6 grandsons. They keep very
busy with lectures, speakers, art shows,
wine tastings, galas, etc., and Mary Anne
has even started a singing group, now 1
yrs old, called the John's Island Singers.
They are still involved in developing the
West End of Tortola called Belmont It's
been going since the 60s, but there are still
some lots left. She enjoys SBC gatherings
in her area.
Anne Sheffield Hale went to Europe in
the fall where they also visited Joan Oram
Reid. I hen traveling has been somewhat
curtailed by Bradley's health. They have 2
married children and 5 grandsons.
Ruth Frye Deaton and Hugo gave
up their sailboat, Salty Mistress, last Jul.,
selling it to someone who is giving it all the
loving care they did. They rented a cottage
In ME, where they used to spend the
summers on the boat to ease the transition
from sea to land and it went very well. All
their children and families came to visit
while they were there. She and Hugo went
to the Cloisters for their 51st anniversary,
and it is still quite splendid. Hugo is slowly
recovering from back surgery last summer.
Shirley Poulson Broyles writes of a
fall trip to Boston, Nova Scotia, and Prince
Edward Island. They traveled with Peggy
Martin '49 and visited with Kirk and Jack
Clarkson '52, also in Charlottesville. Shirley
and hubby went to the Lake District of Italy
in late summer.
Merrill Underwood Barringer and
Paul had a big 50th anniversary party for
200 guests in Hilton Head on Memorial
Day weekend, with lots of SBC friends
in attendance. Betty Dykes Steib (who
had cracked her shoulder in Budapest the
week before), Emily Hunter Slingluff '55,
Dilly Johnson Jones. Shirley Poulson
Broyles, Nella Gray Barkley '53, Kirk
Tucker Clarkson '52, and Vaughan Inge
Morrissette among them. There was a
black tie dinner and dance on Fri., a brunch
and dinner on Sat., and another brunch
Ann Thomas Donohue had back
surgery in the summer to relieve some
sciatica problems and will probably have
some knee work done in the winter. That
has kept them from traveling last year.
Other than my (Bruce Watts Krucke's)
new eyes, no health things here. But
we didn't take any trips last year. I have
switched from painting almost entirely
to photography, loving it! I've had some
success in a couple of large shows, but
only honorable mentions. SC Wildlife, an
award-winning magazine, asked to use one
of my photos in their Jan/Feb issue! Our
granddaughter, Lauren (14) is in 9th grade
at the largest h.s. in the state, which scares
me to death. The nice thing is she's being
courted by the Governor's School of the
Arts and Humanities, a residential public
school in Greenville. Bill continues his heavy
involvement at church and I'm looking for
someone to take my place at the gallery so
I can retire. We may have found her, but she
won't be available till 2008. I'm ready now!
Keep those cards and letters coming!
Members of the Class of 1957 gathered at Homecoming around
Saturday night's attraction — a '57 Cadillac! L-R: Charlotte deSerio,
Cynthia "Cynnie" Ottaway, Nanette McBurney Crowdus, Nancy Godwin
1074 Toogoodoo Road
Yonges Island, SC 29449
In response to my e-mail regarding the
death of Nancy Douthat Goss, I received
messages from a few of you which I thought
I'd pass along now. If you don't have e-mail
(or if I don't have your e-mail address)
and you're just learning about Nancy, she
died on 7/1 0/07 of Myeloma Dysplasia, a
blood cancer which was diagnosed several
years ago. We'll all miss her. If you have
e-mail and would like to receive notices of
this nature, please be sure that I have your
correct e-mail address.
Summer news: Catherine Cage Bruns
was recovering from surgery for a fractured
hip. Hope she is up and around again now.
Jane Feltus Welch reported on a
wonderful visit to Las Vegas and the Grand
Canyon with her grandson (11).
Travel news from Yolanda Avram Willis
was sent from Canada where they attended
the Shaw and Shakespeare festivals.
Yolanda finished her book, A Hidden Child in
Greece, a few months ago, is editing it and
seeking an agent and publisher. She and
Elliott plan to be in NYC in Feb. for the Met;
will travel to South Africa and Botswana
next Jul. with 3 granddaughters and their
I hope they'll look for Virginia Chamblin
Greene while they are in South Africa. As
of Sept., Ginger began a 2-yr sojourn with
"a very nice Indian family" in a little town
called Sartruggens, N.W. Province, where
she works with 2 schools and a school
planning dept., teaching and possibly
designing and building a chemistry/life
sciences lab. If you have plans to be in the
area, let me know, I have her phone # and
My summer travels consisted of a week
in ME for a family wedding followed by
a week on Cape Cod with Didi Stoddard.
The wedding was lovely, if just a little bit
warm. The Cape is beautiful and Didi has
lovely views from every window. We had an
amazing whale watching trip, a lovely and
historical tour of Provincetown, a good visit.
One final bit of sad news, in Sept. we
learned of the death of John Ticer, husband
ol Patricia Smith Ticer We send her our
sympathy and love.
Mrs. Robert W. Nichols
3928 Old Brownsboro Road
Louisville, KY 40207
Carol McMurtry Fowler
10 Woodstone Sq
Austin, TX 78703
Mrs. Edward J. Kuntz, Jr.
222 Irving Ave
Dayton, OH 45409
Ladies of the Class of '58: We'll be blowing
into our beloved SBC like Hurricane Hazel
blew into our lives in the autumn of that
momentous year, 1954! I visited campus in
Sept. for Homecoming and a mini-reunion
to plan for May '08. Other classmates who
attended were Lynn Crosby Gammill
Alex Carpenter Cole Winnie Leigh
Hamlin Mollie Archer Payne Elaine
Schuster Marian Martin Harrison Beth
Kemper Wharton, and Dorothy "Poogie"
Wyatt Shields. Gently prodded intrepid
Reunion Fund leaders Dotsie Woods
McLeod and Ethel Ogden Burwell we
planned how best to encourage every one
of you to return to campus and also make
a reunion gift— as generous as you are
able: we're aiming for 100% participation!
This is very important and I ask all of you to
respond. We'd like to present a challenge
to the classes that come after us to surpass
our HUGE, well-subscribed gift!
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On to our news: Joan Nelson
Bargamin from Richmond said "same
or, same ol'," then reeled off the places
she and Paul have visited and the people
they've met. Since Joan is "first generation
American," she has many relatives in the
UK that they visit often; she leads Sherlock
Holmes and Jack the Ripper tours in
London. The Bargamins have traveled to
Egypt, Greece, Turkey and Eastern Europe
and will go to Dubai soon. No one can
say Joan leads a dull life; she counts
Elliott Yamin. last year's American Idol,
as a neighbor. Musician Chris Daughtry's
parents live nearby; she's met Richard Gere
several times. Joan, still in the antiques and
collectibles business, has rented to Sharon
Stone as well as soap opera stars and
knows Sir Anthony Hopkins. She mentioned
that her father, a beloved professor at W&L,
was a great friend of Walt Disney; Dr. Nelson
collaborated on some screenplays, and
that association won Joan and Paul and
sons, as children, a free trip to Disneyland.
Grandson Matt (1 1) is a dedicated lacrosse
player and travels around the country in
summer; he plays the trumpet in the Tampa
Youth Orchestra. Granddaughter Alexis (14)
is a violinist in a youth orchestra and is an
equestrian winning many blue ribbons. Both
are 'A' students. Joan and Louise Dunham
Williams go to the theater together, and
Joan sees Ann Watkins Custard, keeps
up with Polly Barnes Hester and Carol
Cornelia Long Matson and Dick lead
peripatetic lives. They sold their Sarasota
home, Beauvoir Hall in Osprey, FL; it'll
become a public park and museum with a
pavilion pool; their bungalow will be used for
artists-in-residence. They're now ensconced
in Sarasota, at the Ritz Carlton Tower. Their
French vineyard continues to grow merlot
grapes; they talk of adding more white
grapes. Recognitions garnered were a
complimentary listing for their '02 and '03
Cotes de Bergerac red and 2 stars for their
sweet white in the Guide Hacbette — quite
a coup. Cornelia only has to trim vines,
climb ladders, and deal with plumbing/
electric/septic challenges half the year.
At the time of her note, Cornelia and Dick
had just returned from NYC and Greenwich
where they attended the 2nd marriage
of her daughter Julia to a Dane. It was a
3-day event with 270 guests and their 7
children — who will live with them — as
attendants. They went on to Copenhagen
for a 2nd ceremony/wedding in the Royal
Chapel. Amos, Julia's father, and his family
attended from Israel. Daughter Anna, Assoc.
Director of P.P. of Seattle, with her partner
and daughters, visited the Matsons for a
week prior to the festivities. Son David is
an E.R. doctor; he and wife Lynn have Luca
(2). Dick is busy with golf and stock market
watching. Cornelia plans to make it to SBC
Ina Hamilton Houck, Chicago, is
celebrating husband John's apparent
recovery from stage 3 colon cancer, after
surgery in 1 1/06, by traveling. They loved
their cruise through Alaska's Inside Passage
and joined Ina's mother's family, incl.
siblings, children and families, for a reunion
at Sapphire Valley, NC, in Jul. They'll attend
John's brother's 70th birthday in St. Michaels,
MD, at Thanksgiving. Ina finds it incredible
that our class is having its 50th reunion.
Betty Rae Sivalls Davis can't make
reunion, but will be thinking of all who do.
She calls life in Midland, TX, "just perfect."
She and Paul enjoy their 6 grandchildren.
Traveling is their passion; they were in
Botswana, Namibia, and Zambia in Aug. to
bird-watch. They went to Prague, Budapest,
and Vienna in Sept. with the "Flying
Longhorns," then back to Kenya in Nov.
for more birding and animal watching. She
concludes, "Life is good."
It was good to see Dorothy "Poogie"
Wyatt Shields in Sept. She has come
back to Northern VA to live — this time in a
lovely condo in a senior independent living
community, The Jefferson, in Arlington.
There are lots of amenities; she enjoys
exercise classes, walking, and aquatic
activities, eating each day with interesting
people. Also, there are great trips and
entertainment. 2 of her children are close.
She loves being near the Metro and within
walking distance of wonderful restaurants
and shopping. "I'm probably among the 10
youngest among 320 residents, but there
are amazing people here who you would
never suspect are in their 80s and 90s."
Poogie had an e-mail from the daughter
of our late classmate Shirley McCallum
Davis announcing the birth of a daughter
named Shirley Anne for the "most wonderful
woman I've ever known." Shirley's daughter
may come to our reunion to meet her
Judy Graham Lewis. Charleston,
WV, is amazed that we're having our 50th
reunion — "never thought we'd make it!"
Jim is retired from parish ministry, but does
"supply" work and is active in organizations
against the war. Judy is busy at her church;
she's on the search committee for a new
rector. She and Jim returned in Sept. from
a W&L/UVA trip to Prague and down the
Danube; she loved the wonderful history.
She'll see all of us in May.
A brief e-mail from Eleanor Humphreys
Schnabel announced that she has retired
from the Dept. of Archives and History in
Greenville, MS; Eleanor lives in Cleveland,
MS. Daughter Liza is coming to MS to
live and run the King Railroad Heritage
Museum; daughter Ellie (SBC '87) and
husband Patrick Doyle still live and sail
in Marblehead, MA. Eleanor visited Julie
Green in ME; they had a "wonderful visit but
decided we were out of touch with SBCers."
Eleanor will see all of us next spring. Any
chance you can get Julie to the reunion,
No one had a better time at Homecoming
than Winnie Leigh Hamlin. Dallas, TX. She
and Davis have 3 sons who live in TX. When
they visited colleges as young boys they
liked SBC best "because it had cows." The
Hamlins have 1 1 grandchildren — 3 girls,
8 boys. Oldest Winborne Leigh (12) hates
pink and wants to attend Stanford to be an
engineer. Eliza Wilkes (9) loves pink and
wants to go to SBC with her best friend Lili,
granddaughter of Lee Cullum '60 and great-
granddaughter of Elizabeth Perkins Prothro
'39. 3 youngest are 2 boys and another
"pink" girl (all 3). At Winnie's 70th birthday
the 2 older girls instructed everyone to turn
off their cell phones while they gave toasts
to their grandmother!
Winnie forwarded a note from Marsha
Taliaferro-Gillis of Ware Neck, VA. Marsha
earned a doctorate in Clinical Psychology
from UVA, went to Boston to specialize in
neuropsychology. Since this discipline is
unknown in Ware Neck, Marsha works for
a modeling and a simulation company in
cutting edge research and simulation. She
can hardly wait for our reunion.
I have reams of announcements from our
busy Mimi Garrard who has a professional
dance company of the same name. Her
dancers perform internationally in an
eclectic mix of programs. Her Videodances
were telecast on MMN Channel 56 in Jun.
and featured Rooms, A Dream with Three
Brides, Roumainbitze and Night Traffic. In
Manchester, UK the company presented
both Argosy and Intimate Spaces/Outer
Places and her Time Installation has been
placed in the permanent collection of the
Mississippi Museum of Art. For more about
Mimi's company go to her website, www.
Since Dotsie Wood McLeod s husband
Alex retired from his medical practice, they
have been doing extensive traveling. Most
recently they toured Vietnam, Cambodia,
and Thailand with a group and then
ventured into Myanmar by themselves. They
loved that country and its people, "definitely
the highlight of our trip." At Christmas the
McLeods went to Lombock Island, near
Bali, to visit Dotsie and Peter. The younger
McLeods live in Singapore where Peter is
chief financial officer for Grand Bank Yachts.
Sandy and his wife Sarah are in Minneapolis
with 3 furry grand-dogs. Dotsie stays busy
with Colonial Dames, gardening, tennis and
volunteering in a low-income public school.
Peggy Fossett Lodeesen, Bethesda,
MD, retired from teaching Latin at Sidwell
Friends School in D.C. She enjoys her
leisure and auditing some grad courses at
AU. She writes, "I'm looking forward to the
50th Reunion. Let's hope it'll be a large
Ann McCullough Floyd and husband
Jack are spending a fair amount of time "on
the road" between their home in Murrell's
Inlet, SC, and Franklin, TN, where they're re-
doing her mother's house; they're pleased
with the results and wish it wasn't such a
long trip. In Atlanta, they'll stop to see their
daughter, son-in-law and grandson (2 Vz).
Another son and his family, a son (5) and a
daughter (9) live in Savannah. The Floyds
had a lovely family get-together over Labor
Day weekend. Son Clark appeared on
Jeopardy, won 2 games! Ann said he "had a
ball." Ann and Jack try to see Sandra Elder
Harper and Tom, Burlington, NC, whenever
possible as well as Jane Oxner Waring
and Charles in Charleston, SC. Ann doesn't
think she'll make reunion because of a trip
to CO but adds, "Hope the class gift is big
and that it's a great weekend for all who can
Adele Scott Caruthers is content
with her life in Santa Fe, NM. She retired
from her profession as a hand therapist
in Aug. "I now have the time to do the
things I enjoy," Adele says. Her daughter
Susana and husband Michael Fredericks
have left Santa Fe for Upstate NY where
he is a dentist. They have 2 darling
children — daughter Caighlin (9) and
precious Brighton (2). Adele's son Bruce, a
computer tech, lives in Albuquerque with
his partner Jim. Adele had been watercolor
painting until she took up still-life painting
in oils. For her 70th birthday, Adele gave
herself a trip to Honolulu to visit her sister
Carolyn '57. Adele sees Betsy Taylor
occasionally; Betsy uses her acting talents
as a professional storyteller. Adele hopes to
Alex Carpenter Cole, Springfield, NJ,
flew to SBC for 24 hrs at Homecoming
to help with the reunion plans. Her
husband Dick is a professor of mechanical
engineering at Stevens Institute of
Technology in Hoboken. Son David works
for Med-Rad in computer design and
wife Beth Ann is a school counselor in
Pittsburgh. They have 3 children, Ryan (7),
Caitlin (5) and Jason (2 %). Son Brian and
wife Jessica live in Westwood, MA, where
Brian is in management for Boston Beer,
makers of Samuel Adams. Their children are
Caroline (5) and Brian (3). Alex is involved
in a consortium, Interfaith Hospitality
Network (IHN), started in NJ. The initials also
represent "In His Name." The organization
serves 4 families in the area. She caught
me up on twin sister Ruth Carpenter Pitts
in Birmingham, AL. Ruth works as an escort
for authors and their publicists who come
to the city for signing. She and Bill have 2
married children with teenage children.
I'm embarrassed to admit that I had a
nice note from Ruth Mackie Nicholson
Morristown, NJ. I know she is happily
remarried to John and is planning to return
to reunion. She and John were supposed to
attend Homecoming, but were unable to at
the last minute. My apologies, Ruth.
As for me, Jane Shipman Kuntz, the
Kuntz clan is spread around the globe,
especially with my daughter Martha and
husband Don Schenck beginning their 3rd
year in Pretoria, South Africa, where Don is
Regional Security Officer for the embassy.
Martha also works at the embassy.
Katherine (1 8) is a freshman at UMW;
Lauren, 16, is a junior at the Johannesburg
American International School and Cole is a
6th grader. Katherine is a very good guitarist
and was editor of the senior yearbook.
She seems to be happy at UMW, getting
adjusted to being so far from her family.
Lauren is artistic and musical — plays the
recorder; she was administrator of the
Model United Nations program this fall. Cole
is playing the saxophone (1 st year), loves
basketball. Lee and Steve Caira remain in
Clarksville, TN; Lee is completing her 20th
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year as the victim-witness advocate lor 2
TN counties. Her son Scott is getting ready
for college next year; he works tech lor
the school plays and has an after-school
job. Anne and Matt Newman are the only
family close by. Anne's position as a funeral
director and grief counselor keeps her busy;
she does a lot of community workshops
m her field and volunteers at local animal
shelters. The most important event of our
year was our family reunion at our cottage
at Columbus Beach Club on Burt Lake in
Ml. I'm not sure when the last time was that
our entire family — daughters, spouses and
children — 12 in all, were together at one
time and I don't know when it will happen
again, so we treasured our time together.
For 1 week we had gorgeous weather, no
one got mad at anyone else and everyone
I continue to volunteer at the low-income
retirement community, Canterbury Court, in
suburban Dayton; I love it and just chaired
an ice cream social in Aug. I also chair the
Miami Valley Development Committee, the
fund-raising group for CC; the Corporate
Board of Episcopal Retirement Homes, part
of the Episcopal Diocese of Southern OH.
We're moving into the low income housing
on a larger scale; it's been very rewarding.
I continue to do needlework, sing in the
choir, and garden. My visit to SBC in Sept.
was great; campus looked lovely and that
weekend was the 1 st when the seniors
could wear their gowns. We made the
trip to the Monument and cheered on 1 2
engineering students, yes, engineering, in
teams of 2 who raced their cardboard and
duct-taped boats on the Sweet Briar Lake. It
was all very festive with a radio sportscaster
announcing the event and everyone enjoying
a delicious picnic. We were welcomed
graciously by students, staff and faculty. It
was great tun to see the students and their
dates at the lavish dinner dance on Sat.
I can't encourage all of you too much
to come for our reunion; rumor has it that
Carol Hall is going to reprise some of
that (in)famous freshman show Hurricane
Hazel for us! And please respond to the
request for the Class Reunion gift; we have
some matching money that will only be
available if we step up to the plate and give.
Participation is also important, so give what
you are able, but do give!
I need photos, memorabilia, etc. for the
class scrapbook. Please send to me with
proper identification. We're a special class
with lots of very special, talented members.
Come in May to celebrate our uniqueness.
Mary Ballou Ballentine
6317 Three Chopt Road
Richmond, Virginia 23226
If I didn't love all of you, I'd be mad with you
for not sending me ANY information: good,
bad or indifferent. However, I will forge on
and NEVER SURRENDER. (I've been reading
Meacham's Franklin and Winston in my 1 959
SBC book club — can you tell?) I know you're
tired of hearing what I've been doing, but
that's all I have to tell until I get on the phone.
In Sept., some of us from our class
joined a group of same age girls organized
by a Smith alumna to cruise the Cyclades
islands in the Aegean and then travel on
land in and around Athens. We went to Asia
Minor to the ruins of Ephesus (fascinating)
to start our cruise.
These are our classmates who were
on the trip Lizora Miller Yonce Tricia
Coxe Ware Pickie Payne Hester
Tabb Thornton Farinholt Mary Blair
Valentine and moi You must hear what
happened to the 2 M.B.'s at the Athens
airport on return. The Greeks mixed up our
boarding passes and luggage tickets and
because the B and V are similar in Greek
(could that be right?) and we were in such
a rush because our bus didn't arrive to
get us there in plenty of time, we got sent
off with mismatched forms. It's a miracle
we got on that plane home! Mary Blair
breezed through undetected, BUT when I
later came along, the agent detected the
discrepancy and refused to let me in. I had
to use all my wits to explain the confusion.
Can you imagine? He finally said, "Lady, go
on quickly and tell no one, otherwise they'll
delay the plane and take your luggage off
and you will not fly." I then zoomed through
the rest of the gates. It was scary, but an
adventure and we whooped it up more than
ever on our way home. (Remember the
"Mary Club" in our class? so many Marys!
Can you reel off a few?)
I called up my old buddy Snowdon
Durham Byron. She said she had no
news and then proceeded to tell me lots.
To celebrate her 70th birthday and Jamie-
darling's 80th, they went to Emerald Isle
(where Courtney lives) with children and 10
grandchildren ("completely wild but great
fun"). They had a great time with Courtney
Gibson Pelley and Herb. Snowdon's
descriptions of their surgeries (Jamie's ear,
her back and knee), which she says they
are recovered from "sort of," were vintage
Snowdon — funny when they shouldn't be.
She was delighted to tell me about her visit
from Jane Jamison Messer— says she's
utterly unchanged, still the most fun. They
went to Berkeley Springs and had massages
and mineral baths. (I'm so envious; aren't
you?) Snowdon remarked on Jane's
amazing mother who was with us at our
last reunion, class of '29, the senior alumna
there and now about to have her 1 00th
birthday on Christmas Eve! WOW!
I called Jane Winje Ruedi in Blue
Springs, MO and had the nicest chat
with her, hearing about her career as a
psychologist and her 4 children and 5
grandchildren. I urged her to think about
planning to come to our 50th reunion,
since she has a child living in VA Beach
and former roommates Maggie Cooke
in Yorktown and Sarah Jane Murdock
Moore in Lynchburg, she needs to visit
them while she joins us.
The vaunted Book Group is planning to
visit Williamsburg to see the decorations
>n Sue Hight Rountree .-.ho has written
and published several books on all things
decorative there. I'll report on that next time!
We're reading her newest book, Ca
Gardens. When I talked to Sue about the
Queen's visit, she said she and her husband
were visiting her father (98) in MA, but
heard from Bly Straub, the head of the
conservation archaeologists, that the Queen
was most impressed by the progress at the
original settlement (on the island); also the
authorities there found her knowledge of the
Until next time...
Mrs. Fredrick D. Wampler
Little Place Farm
1406 Thomas Rd
Wayne, PA 19087
Mrs. Jean A. Sharland
1724 Aberdeen Circle
Last year was our year for 50th prep/h.
s. reunions. In spring, the St. Catherine's
crew met up at their 50th and enjoyed a
merry time. Besides our Class President,
Louise Cobb Boggs Suzanne Ruff in,
Mary Denny Scott Wray. Babs Childrey
Fowler. Molly Haskell Sarris Jeanne
Bounds Hamilton and Susan Cone Scott
showed up for the fun.
Linda MacArthur Hollis took Bob back
to OH for her 50th. They spent a summer
Jan. in New Zealand, then decided shorter
trips were a good idea. They visited B and
Bs in NH and ME, and did an Elderhostel
in Philadelphia to go to the symphony
and see the Barnes Collection and the
Philadelphia Museum of Art. They spent
Christmas in their NC home, with their
youngest grandchildren. Their hilltop home
in Lyme, CT, was for sale, and they'll move
to NC when it sells. Last Apr., Linda had a
total knee replacement which was healing
well until she "torqued" it gardening in May.
She's still discomforted, has some sciatica
and tendonitis, but boogies right along.
Sara Finnegan Lycett s Ike had a hip
replacement last spring and recovered very
well — up and walking without a cane within
6 wks. Nonetheless, they relaxed in the
country for the summer. Now they're back
in town, and Sara continues to lead tours
as a docent at The Walters Art Museum in
Simone Aubry enjoyed the extended
gardening season. She stayed close to
home, since she uncovered faulty 1938
construction in the original part of her
house. She's designed a green home
and included an elevator and other
conveniences, hoping that, despite arthritis,
she'll be able to live at home whatever the
Celia Williams Dunn and Larry's real
estate firm, now "Celia Dunn Solhebys
International Realty," has expanded, adding
HiBlulfton.SC, to their Sav.i
base. In early Nov., she joined the Sweet
Briar Friends ol Art at their meeting In
NYC. Also at the meeting wa r Catherine
Caldwell Cabaniss, who had dinner with
Ross and Jeanne Bounds Hamilton
In Oct., her husband Bill played in a
tournament in St. James Golfing Resort and
met the Alumnae Office's Jackie Woods' son
Chip and his family.
Nancy Coppedge Lynn spent the
summer again on Mere Point, just outside
Brunswick, ME, where she golfs. She
learned to play mahjong, "really lots of fun."
Other than a few weekend trips, she and
Jerry stayed close to home where children
and grandchildren are doing well. Their
eldest grandson started boarding school last
fall at Christ School outside of Asheville. NC.
Winifred Storey Davis and Tread
cruised the Baltic last summer, and the
highlight was seeing Lennart and Willia
Fates Eckerberg at their summer home in
Falsterbo, Sweden, The village is across the
water from Copenhagen, and is now linked
to it by "Spandinavia;" their neighbors come
from around the world. In spring, Willia had
had rotator cuff surgery and wasn't yet
cleared for bicycling. Mostly they rely on
bicycles to get around, and Lennart guided
them on a bike tour of Falsterbo, their 2
"links" golf courses, and the countryside,
the Swedish bread basket.
Susie Prichard Pace s life revolves
around caring for George, wheelchair-
bound, and helping her 'kids' with their kids.
In the fall, Kendall was invited to a dance
and had to have her dress fitted "just right."
Susie looks forward to the start of her tennis
Bette Hutchins Sharland continues as
secretary of the local umbrella civic group.
Margaret Gwathmey savors her
memories of Christmas in Munich with her
Alicia Laing Salisbury writes that she
and John returned from 3 "fascinating"
weeks in China.
From CA, Patti Anderson Warren.
having retired from the county government,
remains an elected Trustee on the Marin
County Board of Education. She commutes
between Marin and Lake Tahoe, and hopes
the Sierras have a wet winter. Snow came
in Oct. to the Winter Park area of CO, where
she visited older son Mark and his family,
high up at 9,500 ft. Last Apr. she and
Bob took a Panama Canal cruise and are
spending Jan. in Costa Rica with a Rotary
"Project Fair" and then some tourism.
Happy New Year to All!
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Parry Ellice Adam
33 Pleasant Run Road
Flemington, NJ 08822
My gratitude to Anne Johnston
Henderson for responding to my note.
Unfortunately, she became widowed last
Feb., but has 6 grandchildren (14-6 mo.),
which involve a lot of babysitting. She
works part time as a CPA. She also enjoys
gardening, reading, and listening to classical
Since reunion, Sandy and I have
done our usual summer trek of hiking in
B.C. in Jul.; Sept. caught us on safari in
Tanzania — a wonderful experience. Home
for the holidays and looking forward to
hearing of your family events. Please keep
.V •■•<■-" 2008:
Mrs. Heinz K. Simon
3701 Guadalajara Court
Irving, TX 75062
Greetings to the Class of '63! One of the
best things about responses to my plea for
news is that lots of us are planning to be at
SBC next May for our 45th reunion!
As Lynn Carol Blau says, "It hardly
seems possible it will be 45 years!" Yet here
we are, certainly not looking or feeling as
old as we are supposed to be! We're a very
active group — for instance, Lynn tells of
new granddaughter Rose and a surprise trip
to Venice for her niece's wedding.
Katherine Haskell Subramanian gets
the prize for adventure — in Jul. she took a
3-wk trip to India and Ladakh, going over
the Himalayas by jeep! It was a group of 16
people, led by a former Buddhist monk who
escaped Tibet at the age of 5. Because of
his contacts they were able to go places and
meet people unknown to most tourists— they
had a private audience with the Karmapa, a
high spiritual leader who also escaped Tibet,
and dinner at the Dalai Lama's summer
palace. Katherine loved learning about the
Tibetan culture and says the trip over the
mountains was beyond incredible.
Mary Ann Utterback Burritt says
although nobody believes it (incl. me),
she retired and loves the free and easy
life. She and Jim went to South Africa in
Feb. where they visited daughter Kiendel,
then to Moscow and St. Petersburg in Jul.
She's also done a little grandmother duty,
taking care of daughter Cheri's Jonathan
in Charleston while Cheri went to Santa Fe,
then Jimmy's boys in Jun. while his family
was moving to Montclair, NJ. She saw Jane
Goodridge while in Charleston.
When Jane wrote to me she had just
been calling friends in CA, including McNair
Currie Maxwell, to be sure they were
safe from the fires. Maxwell could see
them, but she and Bob were OK. Jane is
working on fund raising for our reunion.
Her usual cohort, Jean Meyer Aloe, had
to opt out this year so our great Class
President, Stevie Fontaine Keown has
become Jane's fundraising co-chair. Stevie
is expecting grandchild #2 right after
reunion time — let's hope this one doesn't
come early! Jean is busy working full time,
finishing classes toward her M.A. in Creative
Writing, acting as poetry competition co-
editor for Inkwell Magazine and running
for office as district representative in
Greenwich! Wow! And the rest of us are
retiring or at least trying to!
Ann Knickerbocker McCulloch
says she's reliving her childhood with 5
grandchildren, riding horses, playing with
"Rini" fashion dolls and enjoying Blue Bell
Harriett Reese Jensen reports from
Denmark the arrival of 2 more grandsons
bringing her total of "grands" to 8! She is
hoping to get to SBC for reunion.
Mary Lou Morton Seilheimer s
daughter, husband and baby moved to
Geneva in May. Son-in-law Josh is with J. P.
Morgan Private Bank and they enjoy their
new surroundings. I'm sure Mary Lou and
Charlie will be visiting Switzerland shortly!
Their son has a new travel website for
booking hotel rooms, www.vibeagent.com.
And on the subject of Switzerland, Lee
Kucewicz Parham spent 2 wks in and
about Geneva with a teacher friend — her
favorite spots were Annecy, Chamonix and
Lyon. Before that adventure Lee and John
joined Heinz and me in Snowmass, CO, for
a mini-reunion incl. Keitt Matheson Wood
and Frank and Lisa Wood Hancock and
Pete. Snowmass may never be the same!
We had a glorious time enhanced by the
presence of Heinz's and my great friend,
Ewald Scholz, a fabulous German chef who
cooked for us every night! Another highlight
was a concert by violinist Gil Shaham and
his wife, Adele Anthony.
A sad note, SBC has been notified that
our classmate Barbara Quimby Gildehaus
died 6/1 9/07.
Betsy Parker McColl reports sadly that
her mother ('32) died in Apr. and that she
has spent a lot of time in Franklin, VA, going
through her many diaries, journals, travel
scrapbooks, photo albums and memoirs — a
sad but illuminating task.
Margaret (Maggie) Millender Holmes
reports spending time in NC, "helping the
remaining members of the generation that
arrived before we did." Maggie and Tom are
enjoying retirement, doing a little traveling
and looking forward to seeing everyone at
Lucy Otis Anderson also hopes to
be at our reunion, although she'll have to
dodge her mother-in-law's 93rd birthday —
hopefully the dates will work out! David has
moved his office home (taking up far too
much space) and is "getting serious about
moving toward retirement." Lucy, daughter
#1 , is working for Bank of America in
Chester, England — Lucy and David met her
last summer for a fabulous trip to Istanbul
and the Greek Islands. Shirley, daughter #2,
continues to teach 1 st grade at Charlotte
Latin School in Charlotte, NC.
Nikki Griess Deupree sent a quick note
as she and Tom were dashing off to visit
their daughter in Sedona, AZ. They enjoyed
a fabulous Lindblad cruise to Norway and
up to Svalbard last summer. They also had a
recent visit with Betty Stanly Cates in Vero
Beach, FL. I usually get all sorts of news,
mostly about visits with classmates, from
Betty, but this time only a quick note from
Nancy Dixon Brown: "just took Betty to
the airport for a trip to China so she won't
respond by deadline!" Isn't it great how we
take care of each other! We can hear all
about Betty's trip to China at reunion. Nancy
encourages everyone to come!
Tempe Parker is still in real estate in
Mt. Pleasant, SC, close to Charleston and
would love to see any classmates in the
area. Her "roommate" is an 1 1 -year old
rescued poodle named Chaz who Tempe
says "after 3 years has finally agreed to
come when I call him!"
Betsey Beale is another still working in
real estate and has completed her biggest
year ever! She does animal rescue work and
has taken in 2 Great Pyrenees "to bring my
herd of dogs to 6, plus kitties and birds!"
Betsey told me about Renee Regan Sage s
fantastic art work — she's winning shows in
Australia — and e-mailed me copies of some
of her paintings! Wow! I will send them on to
SBC and hope we can have an article in the
Alumnae Magazine — Renee is an amazing
Another painting talent among us is
Anne Carter Brothers who continues to
produce her fabulous watercolors. Anne
caught up with Susan Alexander by
e-mail and learned that her son's law firm
in Roanoke was bought by a Charleston
firm started by Susan's family. Anne is
"adjusting to John's retirement — twice
as much husband and half as much
money!" 3 generations of the Brothers
family will gather at the Grove Park Inn for
Ann Funkhouser Strite-Kurz returned
from a teaching trip to Charlottesville, VA,
and found that 1 of her students has a
freshman daughter at SBC. She spent a night
in Baltimore with Missy Lohr Berge and Ed
who had just returned from a trip to AK.
Sue Jones Cansler and Chuck continue
to enjoy life on the GA coast. In Aug. they
spent a week participating in an American
Study Program at one of the Oxford
University colleges, then on to Scotland for
10 days of cool weather. In Sept., Sue joined
Ginger Cates Mitchell (hostess), Cinnie
Hooten Magowen Lyn Clark Pegg. Mary
Groetzinger Heard and Laura Lee Brown
Wilson at a mini-reunion on Spring Island
near Beaufort, SC.
Julia Arnold Morey and Russ enjoyed
a trip to ME, Nova Scotia and Prince Edward
Island in Sept. They stayed with Kitty
Griffith and her husband in ME. Julie is
already "redecorating" their 3-year old
house and yard in DE!
Cynthia Hubard Spangler says
her life revolves around friends, family,
grandchildren, tennis teams and travel —
hey, what else is there? 1 visit to NYC to
see the Richard Serra exhibit was incredibly
exciting. Cynthia will spend Thanksgiving at
Disneyland with her son and his family and
looks forward to taking her mother (91) to
London and France next Jun.
Rinda King DeBeck "keeps on teaching
college kids who look younger and younger
every year!" She has 4 grandchildren,
hoping for more, and is planning to be at
reunion — how great it'll be to see her!
Pat Calkins Wilder is one who so
enjoys her career that she can't imagine
retiring — she loves her photography
business, "Light Images," and one of the
best aspects of it is travel to wonderfully
aesthetic locations — Mexico and Italy are
her next 2 destinations (unfortunately she
will be in Italy at reunion). She reports that
Mike is "mostly retired as of a few weeks
ago and I'm sure he will be reminded of just
how long our winters are here once the golf
season is over. I am thinking of starting a
workshop for towel folding and vacuuming
techniques." Now there's a clever woman!
Finally, Carol Crowley Karm is not only
not retiring but starting new! She writes,
"I always wanted to write — not PR, not
marketing, but real writing. I'm finally doing
it. I guess you could say I'm a slow learner.
I'm writing for a glossy magazine that covers
all aspects of life in this geographical area:
lifestyle, food, personalities and celebrities,
etc. Currently I'm stalking Tom Selleck in the
hopes he'll agree to be the cover story in
Feb. I'm also the copy editor so life is really
fun!" Carol and Bill have 10 grandchildren.
enjoy traveling and "have never been so
busy or enjoyed life so much."
I guess I'm another "slow learner" — or
maybe just stupid — I can't quite seem to let
go of the travel business. But Heinz will be
fully retired, finally, sometime next year and
we're enjoying spending more and more
time in CO (where, thanks to computers, I
can still work). We returned from a leisurely
cruise through the Caribbean and look
forward to a trip to Tahiti at Christmas. Our
2 daughters, Karen in London and Kimmie
near Dallas, are healthy and happy, our cat
and dog are fabulous and life is good. May
16-18, 2008 is engraved on my calendar. I
hope to see you ALL at SBC for our reunion!
Virginia "Ginny" deBuys
H16 Shirley Lane
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
I received this note from Nancy Lynah
Hood when her town flooded: "We
downsized this year, moving to a penthouse
apartment overlooking Oxford's Castle Mill
Stream right in the middle of town. We
love it, different from living in a big, drafty
Victorian house on a busy road where we
lose a cat every year. I retired too, although
I still do some work on contract for the
museum service and am a Trustee of our
Farm Museum at Cogges, near Witney. My
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main goal for the '3rd age' is to turn rny
MA. Dissertation on the Italian renaissance
artist Giovanni Antonio Bazzi, known as II
Sodoma, into a book which will resurrect
his reputation. Roger has retired too. but
still consults on criminology matters and
has a project going in China. We travel
there sometimes. I last saw some of the
Charleston bunch 2 yrs ago when I closed
up my mother's house as she moved to FL."
(And when your book is published, you'll
send an autographed copy to Anne Poulet.
Director of the Frick Collection in NYC!)
Nancy's new address is: Nancy Hood. MA,
FMA. 36 The Stream Edge. Fisher Row
Oxford 0X1 1HT. Tel +44 (0)1865 243140
Mobile: 07891 469772.
Ginny deBuys is working toward
retirement by the time you get the spring
notes. Please (especially those of you who
do not have email) send me your news after
Chnstmas. I'm sure the first quarter of '08
will be busy as I wind down and out from my
job. but after then I'll be free to wander.
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Mel Freese Cota finds visits with daughter
Vicky and the grandchildren sometimes
stressful, but always a joyful distraction.
When she turned 64. husband Alberto
played the Beatles' song: "Will you still need
me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?"
Thanks, Alberto, for that gift to all us 64-
Sherry Bradford Christhilf is in
Baltimore with the same husband, 4
children and 8 grandchildren. She works as
an art consultant and volunteers as grants
co-chair for the Baltimore Women's Giving
Circle and as programming chair for the Art
Foy Roberson Cooley s family
celebrated son Graham's wedding on 10/13.
Husband Ken retired, but Foy still runs their
self-storage business in NJ and NY.
Scribbie Scribner Euston and Greg
have 6 grandchildren to visit. Her eldest
son and wife Kimberley McGraw Euston '92
moved from NY to Atlanta; the others are in
Houston and Chicago. Cyclist Greg rode the
MS-1 50 in Sept. Scribbie says she'll let us
know when she does something noteworthy,
but personally, I think washing spandex
bike shorts in Dark Load Woolite and line-
drying them in the garage is extraordinary
dedication to the cause.
Sally McCrady Hubbard wants to
say that of 1 60 or so class members, she
has only about 60 good e-mail addresses,
and heard from only 1 1 ! Please send her
and the college your correct e-address.
She'd love to have news from those who
haven't ever or rarely written before. She's
about to sing as Celia. one of the woodland
fairies flitting hither and thither in Gilbert
& Sullivan's lolanthe. She started a fair-
weather, geriatric bicycling group, "Granny
Gears," for 10-mile weekly rides, and hikes
regularly on the Cumberland Plateau with
many of the same friends.
After retiring from Charles Schwab 3
yrs ago Kay Knopf Kaplan took the job
of Development Associate with the Marin
Symphony, a 55-year old orchestra across
the bridge from San Francisco. She sees
Genie Dickey at least at the SBC Christmas
luncheon. Her biggest connection is Penn
Willits Fullerton.;66 through 20-year
membership in a book club.
After 42 years working for the Navy as
an engineer, Nancy MacMeekin retired at
the end of Sept. and promptly joined her sail
club's crew on a restored Naval Academy
yawl for a 2-day trip to the Annapolis Boat
Show and cruising the Chesapeake Bay to
figure out what to do when she grows up.
This may include getting her bike tuned and
exploring the lovely woods and water-view
bike lanes and trails of the Navy base.
Dabney Williams McCoys daughter
Catherine's wedding took place at the
family's summer home in ME in Jun.
Roommate Sallie Mullins Thompson and
husband Ralph Cann attended. Catherine
and husband have moved to Lausanne,
Switzerland, where he works for Philip
Morris, International. Dabney, her husband
and her parents (Emory Williams '40) joined
them for a visit in Venice in Sept. Having
3 generations dining at an outdoor rooftop
restaurant overlooking the Grand Canal is
unforgettable. Otherwise Dabney is busy
with 5 grandsons (7, 6, 4, 3, and 2). 2 live in
Richmond and 3 in Charlotte.
Marianne Micros' daughter Eleni had
a son, Matteo, 7/1 9. Daughter Joy had a
girl, Rowan, on 7/22. Marianne's book of
poetry, Seventeen Trees, was published and
launched in Toronto. Marianne modestly
calls it a "very eventful summer."
Laura Haskell Phinizy reports that her
grand-twins are doing very well (1 1 mos.,
9/23). They're just not close enough to
Carol Reifsnyder Rhodes is
celebrating good health 6 yrs after a
lumpectomy and radiation. In Sept. she had
4 days with friends in NYC. In Oct. she and
husband Bob vacationed in CO to see the
Aspens. She has 5 grandsons: 3 in Winston-
Salem and 2 in Tucson. She expects to visit
the NC family for Christmas. She and Bob
are going to England in Jun. with their choir
and to AK in Aug. In Jul. all 5 grandsons,
sans parents, join them to vacation at the
Magda Salvesen is back from Seattle
and 3 days on the Olympic Peninsula.
Diane "Toots" Dalton
1014 North Astor Street, #43
Milwaukee, Wl 53202
Mrs. J. Herbert Long, Jr.
19 Hidden Valley Rd
Lafayette, CA 94549
Rev. Makanah Morriss
1317 Rocky Mountain Rd
Forest, VA 24551
Sweet Briar College Alumnae Magazine • www.alumnae.sbc.edu
A message from our class president Judi
Bensen Stigle: "Once AGAIN Toots and I
are your class officers. We even tried bribery
to be replaced, but no one took the hook.
What a great time we had at our 40th! We
laughed, hugged, ate well and shared a few
bottles of wine. We also raised more $$ for
SBC than ever before. Some classmates
relaxed while others rode and others played
golf at the new course across Rt. 29 from
SBC. Those in attendance were: D. Dalton,
J. Bensen V. Baker C. Randolph-Barr.
A. Carr G. McRae M. Dortch R. Brown
E. Kelley S. Ewalt G. Carpenter L.
Fite C. Quereau S. Lucas P. Ford K.
Waters L. Lyle B. Glaser M. Hickey
K. Amundson G. Robins B. Blew M.
Randolph B. Gawthrop H. Darby G.
Stoddard and C. Moore. We missed those
who couldn't come! But 2012 is right
around the corner. HUGS to all." Judi also
reports that she must learn to cook as soon
as she finishes cleaning up the mess of
putting in a beautiful new kitchen. She took
a cruise up the Blue Danube, loved Vienna
and Salzburg, and sharing stories with a
fellow passenger who went to VMI.
Betsy Kurtz Argo retires in 6/09 and
will be off to their cottage in Ml for good.
She and Jim will celebrate their 25th
anniversary on the Queen Mary II tot 2 wks
in England. When her father-in-law (96)
died, they brought together all 3 daughters,
their husbands, and both grandchildren,
Jake (1 K) and Ellie (2 K), who met each
other for the 1st time.
Barbara Annan bought a new home
in her beloved Fairbanks— a smaller one
with a dynamite view of the Tanana River
and the AK Range. She retired from private
practice a few years after finally getting
her doctorate in clinical psychology and is
happily oil painting in the winter, camping
in the summer, and still making trips to her
pied-a-terre in NYC.
Carroll Randolph Barr still works as
dir. of development at Blessed Sacrament
Huguenot. They're proud of Angus who
loves his 2nd year of Culinary School at
Johnson&Wales U. in Charlotte. Michael is in
NYC working as a research analyst and will
marry Ali McLeod in May at Jekyll Island,
GA. Mike is still in real estate and farming.
They love playing golf and tennis, though the
emphasis is definitely on the golf. "Reunion
was great fun and we encourage others
to come back to that beautiful campus for
our next reunion in 5 yrs. We still 'haven't
changed a bit' have we?"
Janie Willingham McNabb missed
reunion because she was busy hosting
her 50th elem. reunion. Joining Janie for
the reunion was Diane Mann Lankford
who is developing neighborhoods in and
around Atlanta. Janie loves gardening,
photography and video editing, especially
all home movies. Husband Lanny Is busy
developing a new subdivision Janie has 17
grandchildren, 13 are hers, 4 are Lanny 's,
and 8 ■adopted" grandchildren who are
her deceased sister's who died 13 years
ago from cancer. She and Lanny enjoy
their cabin In the valley at Dunlap, 1 7 mi.
from home. She gardens, lots of flowers,
blueberries, and blackberries, and Lanny
works on old cars, Packards. including 3
Caribbeans. At home she has assorted
flowers and a big vegetable garden, an
orchard with apples, peaches, cherries,
plums, pears and a raspberry patch. Janie
tried to breed her golden retriever for pure
bred puppies but ended up with a batch
of black and golden puppies that looked a
bit like labs. Raising them from birth kept
Glory McRae Bowen has been to AK
where she went dog-sledding on a glacier
and to Niagara Falls. Glory was divorced
this summer. She's busy getting ready for
concerts with various singing groups and
will do some solos and duets as well.
Jane Eastin Hager reports that the
Hagers are busy working and playing and
don't seem to have much in the way of
complaints, thus all is well!
Jill Berguido Gill writes that Bruce and
the Harriton Assoc. Board have expanded
the 20-acre Harriton Plantation to include
another contiguous property with a house
older than the 1 704 Harriton House. It'll
be used as an education center. Also new
this year was the community garden, in
which heirloom vegetables were cultivated.
Tim returned to Drexel U. last Jan. as a
junior, after taking several years off, and
is on the Dean's List pursuing a sociology/
anthropology major with an interest in
archaeology. Jill is still happy tutoring and
editing a book written by the father of one of
her students. She still enjoys spending time
with family and friends, taking care of her
animals, walking, gardening, reading, and
writing in her various journals. Recent travels
include New Windsor, NY, Cape Cod for
vacation, Easton, MD, and Ellis Island, NY.
Linda Fite is "bopping along. Life
is good." She spent a couple days as a
reporter/reviewer for her newspaper, Times
Herald-Record, at the Woodstock Film
Festival, and reports it was "a cool gig,"
but now is at her regular job on the copy
desk. On her way home from visiting kids
Alex and Sarah in Brooklyn, Linda visited
Neil Orloff in Yonkers. Then she saw Mary
Cary Ambler at the rehab/nursing home
where she is recovering from a serious auto
accident. Mary Cary's sense of humor is
still strong, and Linda encourages anyone
who remembers her fondly to write her
just to let her know you're thinking of her:
Room 204A, Cedar Manor Rehabilitation
and Nursing Home, Cedar Lane, Ossinino
Pam Ford Kelley is planning to visit
Mary Cary. She and Brendan had a splendid
summer sailing to ME and joined the NY
Yacht Club's cruise/race week in Boothbay
and Penobscot Bay. They won all but one
of the races when they came in 2nd! "Less
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brilliant was the rock we so solidly hit the
next week while continuing to cruise in the
area. I got tossed on my head down the
companionway which resulted in 8 staples
in the back of my head. You'll be pleased
to know they no longer shave and stitch
up such things, just the old staple gun.
Both myself and the boat are back to our
old selves. But I had to get the staples out
before we went back to Paris the next week,
which called for a staple remover. At least I
wasn't apprehended going through airport
Maria Wiglesworth Hemmings loves
her work as a nurse, now on an ICU step
down unit. Jeff continues to work at his
own pace. They have invested in a house
in Hobe Sound, FL, (after she said, "FL over
my dead body") and enjoy long weekends
there. They still ski, so will rent the house
for the winter. Both daughters, Emery and
Anne, are in Jackson, WY, great location to
visit in summer or winter. Anyone getting to
Jackson Hole and Teton Village Sports at the
mountain should ask for Anne Hemmings,
the women's buyer, and tell her you know
Hallie Darby Smith says it was great
seeing everybody at reunion. Big news: a
4th grandchild is on the way. Her daughter
has a boy (4) and a girl (2) and her son has
a boy (3). Randy Brown has traveled a lot
including 2 wks in United Arab Emirates
visiting friend's family. "What a cosmopolitan
place!" She swam in the Persian Gulf and
the Gulf of Omen. Then Randy was on to
Yellowstone and Glacier National Parks and
the historic lodges where it was hot— 1 00°
F. The Boiling River in North Yellowstone was
great. Next she visited Sue Morck Perrin
who had a mini-reunion at Pawleys, SC
with Smith Newsom and Sally Haskell
Richardson. Then Randy and her mother
headed to Nyack, NY. for her younger
sister's 60th birthday. Now it's back to work
Clay Blackwell works part time
(solo practice) as a Licensed Professional
Counselor, specializing in children,
adolescents, and families. Her passion is
fiber arts; quilting and lace-making take
up most of her free time. Last year, a
lace teacher asked her to work a model
of a piece he had reconstructed from a
250+ year-old fragment, and not only
was this included in his latest book, but is
featured on the cover along with another
piece — worked by another of her favorite
teachers! Last spring and summer were
taken up organizing "Lace at Sweet Briar,"
a week-long retreat for lace-makers and
collectors. There were 3 teachers (incl. her
teacher from Germany), and 35 students,
as well as a vendor with equipment, books,
and supplies for lace-makers. Students
came from all across the U.S. The week
was a huge success, with The Elston Inn
and Conference Center and the college staff
contributing to the satisfaction of the guests.
They raved about the beauty of the campus,
and enjoyed early morning hikes where
they saw birds and wildlife that they're not
accustomed to seeing in the cities. Clay is
planning next year's event. She enjoys her
role as grandmother ("Mimi") to 3 boys who
are growing up too fast. Clay and husband
Terry Wooldridge celebrated their 25th
anniversary this fall.
Carole Munn still lives on the beach
in Cape Canaveral, FL, flying for Delta
and going on many trips of her own. This
year she spent 2 wks in Vietnam with 5
girlfriends, incl. 2 nights on their own Junk
in Haloing Bay, 2 wks in Poland; 4 wks
in SW India where she spent 2 wks at an
ayurvedic spa and then to Delhi, Rishikesh
and Kolkata; 2 wks in SE India with an ex
Deepak Chopra yoga teacher. In Nov. Carole
will join over 50 Delta folks returning to India
to build homes for Habitat for Humanity
followed by some sightseeing to Darjeeling,
Ellora and Ajanta Caves. Next year she's
got trips to Antarctica, Greece, Bolivia and
a Med Cruise lined up. Carole, you get the
Rev. Mary Azima Jackson is ordained
as an Interiaith Minister with the Interfaith
Temple of NYC, as well as a Sufi Cheraga
(interfaith minister). She loves creating
unique ceremonies for couples marrying,
or making any occasion sacred. She has
new office space in Old Saybrook, CT and
plans to do guided visualizations there, with
biurnal beat and "light glasses," to work
with healing, in addition, through sound, as
well as being a Reiki master and teacher.
She'll teach meditation along the lines of
Deepak Chopra (where she's training). "It's
interesting. ..when a lot of people I know
are retiring I'm just beginning. I would like
to connect with people. I welcome any
communication. My website has all my info:
www. ahouseof light, com. "
Vicky Baker is back from her sabbatical
leave and is teaching again at Eckerd
Coll. She'll present the research she did
in Jordan at the annual conference of
the American Anthropological Assoc, in
Washington, DC: "Teaching/Learning in
Kindergarten: Values for Jordan's New
Peggy Minis Trethewey says, "The
past year has whizzed by so fast it's hard
to remember all that has happened. "They
harvested their 3rd crop of chardonnay
grapes that they sell to Kendall Jackson for
La Crema Sonoma chardonnay. "If you're
white wine drinkers, drink La Crema!"
They had a wonderful vegetable garden
in Sonoma growing heirloom tomatoes,
artichokes, sweet white corn, eggplants, 2
kinds of beans, cucumbers, watermelons &
figs. Peggy loves being a farmer. The most
important news is that their 9th grandchild,
a boy, due in early Jan., will bring their total
to 5 boys, 4 girls. Last Mar. they celebrated
Peter's mother's 90th birthday in Sydney,
Australia. They continue going to Mexico
for the winter living on their boat For Pete's
Sake cruising and fishing along the West
Coast of Mexico. This winter will include
a trip to Thailand. India & then to Sydney
to see the new baby. Among other things
she hopes to see the tigers in the wild in
Barb Tillman Kelley has retired
as education director of Vulcan Park
and Museum and admits it's quite an
adjustment. She's a docent at Vulcan Park
and at the Birmingham Botanical Gardens,
tutors a child at a school, is a member of
Assistance League where they clothe about
1300 children with brand new clothes
each year, and is still the curator for the
changing exhibits at Vulcan Park Museum.
Son Dave is in B'ham nearby and working
for Frank Stitt — probably some of the
classmates know of Frank through his book
and restaurant: Highlands Bar and Grill.
Darcy, a veterinarian, and husband moved
back to B'ham where she works at a nearby
clinic. Trey and Lindsay were married in Jun.
(she's a vet too) and moved to NC for her
internship, and Trey works for Thomas Bus
Co. Carlton is well; hasn't retired and still
enjoys backpacking with friends and family,
but not Barb: "No tent for me!"
Gracey Stoddard is now an LMSW with
a concentration in clinical health/mental
health after graduating from the Columbia
U. School of Social Work with a MSW.
Since then, she has made scant effort to
land a job in the field, since she found that
her body needed a good workout, having
been ignored during 3 yrs of uninterrupted
study. She has recovered form a hairline
fracture of her right ankle, a torn ACL of
her left knee, and former complaints about
her back. She's happily volunteering for
her church, learning and playing Bridge,
and plans to look for part time social work,
counseling children and/or families.
Lynn Gullett Strazzini has been
retired 2 Hi years from the Federal Aviation
Administration. She does contract teaching,
a 1 -day class on career development
planning and co-teaches a 2-day class on
presentation skills and professional image.
These classes have been for the FAA, but
next Apr. the presentation skills class will
be for the Comm. Coll. here in C'ville. Son
Tim stepped down from his nightly gig on
CNBC's show, Fast Money, now that he
and his wife have welcomed a 2nd son.
They moved to Soho where Tim was his
own contractor for the renovations to their
loft. Daughter Suzy moved to Roanoke to
be nearer her job in retail sales. Although
Lynn and Ed are divorced, they still spend
time together to visit the children, work
on the house here in C'ville, and spend
time on his sail boat in Deltaville, VA. Lynn
returns monthly to her home in OH to help
her parents who live in the house she grew
up in. Those trips, time spent on the Outer
Banks of NC, and other fun excursions keep
her on the road 2-3 weeks each month.
At home she's a faithful attendee at a
local health club, so she can maintain her
stamina for an on-the-go lifestyle so many
of our generation enjoy.
Both of Toni Naren Gates' children
have temporarily relocated to San Francisco.
Daughter Lindsey (32) and family moved
there for her husband's job, Bureau Chief for
the NY Times in San Fran. Lindsay continues
to act and San Fran has been good to her.
She has a 3-year-old to take care of, and
we all know that theater barely pays the
babysitter. Son Ryan (28) moved to San Fran
where his fiancee, a painter, goes to grad
school. Ryan commutes to NY to freelance
producing internet commercials for big
companies that need an internet presence.
Ryan and Kate will marry 9/6/08. "I love
this expanding family thing." Bud has sold
his businesses and is in an entrepreneurial
stage. He founded a restaurant (sports bar/
family dining) with the intent of franchising
it. Now a new business has come his way,
and he is gearing up to get involved with it:
semi-retirement is on hold for the next few
years. Toni is active with 2 museums in town
that take up a large share of her time. She
tries to slip in continuing education, and,
of course, a little fun. They spend 3 mos.
each summer in their Upstate NY home. Toni
looks forward to it as the most glorious time;
no responsibilities, just family, friends and
Melissa Sanders Thomas and Boyce
went on a 2-wk cruise from Venice to Rome
with another couple from Newnan and had
a ball. Melissa asks, "Is it just me, or does
everyone hear Miss Barton's voice when we
see art or architecture all over the world?!?"
Kay Trogdon Hightower and Melissa try
to go to Don Scott's (antiques and junk)
once a month and enjoy visiting and egging
each other on in their purchases. Her 4
grandchildren are all in school now, pre-k to
2nd grade. Brian's family is in Newnan, and
Jenna's is in Rome, GA.
Julie Bodin Converse and George have
been busy rebuilding their house in FL that
was totally trashed by Ivan a few years ago.
It's up now, and Julie doesn't plan to rebuild
again. "The children are finally reproducing,
Mark and Jill have an adorable daughter,
Chloe (6 mos.), and Chris and Jackie are
pregnant. Life is changing for the better I
trust, although I'm not complaining, it's been
fine so far! After all, right now, we are all
I, Diane Dalton, had a great time
returning to SBC for Homecoming and
recommend this as the perfect time to see
the campus and visit with current students.
After the Founders' Day Convocation, I
visited with Mary Sabra Gillespie Monroe
on the walk to Monument Hill. I'd love to
hear from some of you who haven't written
in a while. If you send me your email, I'll
send you reminders for class notes. If you
prefer pen and ink, please take a moment to
put your news on the card included in this
issue and send it to me. Thanks, Toots.
V,,.,,.,, 2008: 77lay.W-18, ZOOS
Lynne G. Detmer
125 Wareham's Point
Williamsburg, VA 23185
44 • Winter 2007/2008
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Nancy Crawford Bent
14 Dopping Brook Road
Sherborn, MA 01770
Martha Brewer (New Orleans) moved back
after 18 mos. in Little Rock and started a
new job at LSU, 10/1/07. She said she was
"probably getting in over her head," but I
A newsy email In Mar. from Cathy
Hall Stopher (Louisville, KY) reported that
daughter Marshall was working at National
Geographic but her husband, Douglas,
had just quit his job at 60 Minutes (assoc.
producer for Leslie Stahl) and joined Kext
in NYC (consulting firm). They were trying
to figure out how to have him in NYC and
her in DC. Son Charles clerked for the
chief federal judge in Louisville last year
after graduating from UVA Law School and
joined the Public Defender's office. He got
engaged at Christmas and plans to get
married at Cathy's 60th birthday celebration
in Positano, Italy in Sept. Cathy and Ed
rented a place in Delray Beach, FL for Feb.;
Cathy "stayed with Lucile McKee on the
way home and got a good visit with her. She
hasn't changed a bit. Also saw Carolyn
Mapp Hewes (Atlanta, GA) when she and
husband Lem stayed with us in Delray
because they were on a boat with relatives
and invited themselves, which was fun.
Her son David was the guest star on Ghost
Whisperer and she showed us the DVD. He
I saw Ridgely Fuller (Waltham, MA) a
few weeks ago when she gave a party to
celebrate her father's 90th birthday. Son
Nicholas lives in NYC and works as assistant
teacher in a k-classroom. Ben is working
in South America for a year, keeping in
touch via computer and webcam. As I type,
Ridgely is in GA visiting Helen Willingham
Meadors (Rabun Gap, GA) so I hope to
have news of Helen for the next issue.
Dina Moser McGuinn (Westport, CT)
and her S.O., Tom Cody, have rented a house
in Westport while they decide where to settle
since leaving Seattle and living in Mexico for
a year ('06). Daughter Kate's son, James (1)
is the 2nd grandchild and due early in '08.
Ian was married in May and works in China.
Stephen lives in NYC and is a social worker
at Riker's Island (our country's "largest penal
colony" — internet quote). Peter and I had a
wonderful vacation on St. Bart's with Dina,
Tom, and Dina's 3 kids (plus friends and
lovers) the week after Christmas '06, an
extended 60th birthday party.
In addition to her sales job with Wiley's
college textbook division, Ronde Kneip
Bradley (Braintree, MA) is involved with
volunteer work with Hospice and is a serious
student of Buddhism. Daughter Kate has
moved from TX to a new job in Boston,
working for a software developer. Nicky
graduated from U. of DE School of Nursing
in May and works in the NICU at Children's
Hospital, Philadelphia. Ronde visited Lisa
Baker Bulkley and John (San Francisco).
Lisa & Ronde walked and lunched ("we
talked politics and social issues; very
impii-sstHl hy thru knowledge and passion,
a lot of fun and very stimulating") with
Lisa's neighbor, Elizabeth Lewis, who still
practices psychiatry and is "as attractive
as ever." Ronde occasionally sees Peggy
Davis Molander (Boxborough, MA) who
is Director of Development at Harvard U.
Another newsy email came in from
Susan Scanlan (Alexandria, VA): "Win
Waterman Gildehaus (Bettendorf, IA) and
Nancy Wendling Peacock (Nashville, TN)
were up in Apr. to inspect my new bosoms.
We had a lovely weekend of reminiscing
and catching up. Lynn Pearson Russell
(Alexandria, VA) joined us for lunch in
Georgetown on Sun., just like old times.
Except that I'm nearly twice my SBC fighting
weight and Win, Nanner, and Lynn are all
less than theirs. Win was back with her
daughter-in-law and 5 grandkids in Jun.; we
took them out for Mongolian barbecue and
a tour of Iwo Jima and the FDR Memorial.
It was one of those perfect summer nights
that usually occur only in youthful memories.
Win had already been through a Bataan
Death/Touring March for 5 days and was
ready to cry 'Uncle.' My niece Heather Wood
(daughter of sister Sallie in Dallas) has the
female lead in a George Bernard Shaw
play, Misalliance, at The Publick, an outdoor
theater in Brighton, MA. Sallie and I were
up to see a performance. It was lively, with
quite a few laughs. I'm still dancing as fast
as I can with WREI and the National Council,
but the load is lighter without major surgery
lurking round the corner. For my 60th, Jared
and I are flying business class to Venice in
Oct., then cruising the Adriatic for 1 days.
The Dalmatian Coast is a part of the world
I've never seen, so I'm looking forward to 2
wks away from the Bush Leagues, if not to
entering my 7th decade."
I, Nancy Crawford Bent, am working
2 days/week as a school secretary (far
more fun and less stress than when I was
their school nurse!), keeping Vi an eye
on my father (93), we're going Christmas
shopping in VT tomorrow, serving on the
boards of Dad's retirement community
and the Sherborn Historical Society, and
acclimatizing my newest rescued dog
into the family. Adele is a social worker
at McLean's Hospital (Harvard-affiliated
psychiatric) and Charles works for
Cambridge Assoc, in DC. Peter and I spent
2 wks in St. Wolfgangsee, Austria and in
Munich in Jul., a free trip from his company
for super performance, bless his heart!
Another extended 60th birthday party for
My plea to my classmates is that you
note the deadline for the next issue of the
Alumnae Magazine and send me your
news! Especially people like Peggy Davis
who, Ronde says, is "in touch with a lot of
people." I'd love to have any changes in
address, email, or snail mail.
Mrs. Nia Eldridge Eaton
461 Rittenhouse Boulevard
Jeffersonville, PA 19403-3382
From Kristin "Kris" Herzog: "Not too
much news to report this year. I still live
in Fairfax, VA, and take art classes at the
Torpedo Factory. I've been painting the
SBC rose on glasses and ornaments for the
SBC Bookshop— a lot of fun. It's great to
know that people enjoy them. I see Susan
Greenwald 71 and Robbie Randolph 71
several times each year."
Lynne Manov Sprinsky
Montoursville, PA 17754
Gale Hull Whetzel
2696 Coventry Road
Columbus, OH 43221
Despite good intentions, we've neglected
those of you without current e-mail
addresses, so if you didn't get a reminder,
please get in touch with accurate contact
information! Much as we lament the fact,
we just don't have time to write many letters
these days, but via e-mail, we did hear from:
Mary Frances Oakey Aiken: All is
well with her as she continues to split her
year between Roanoke, VA, and Naples,
FL. She is able to avoid hurricane season
and cold winters. Mary Frances became a
grandmother 3/25/07 when baby boy Ford
Marshall arrived in Richmond, VA. "Now I,
too, am one of those people that I swore
I wouldn't become when I carry the latest
photo on me 24-7 and show it at every
opportunity." Her 2 daughters also live in
Richmond as well as her stepson, so she
and John put lots of miles on the car.
Also in Roanoke are Laura Mink
Gardner and Marvin, and they run into
Mary Frances on occasion. Laura still
sings with the Roanoke Symphony chorus
and church choir and volunteers at her
children's school. Son Tready, senior, is into
the college search thing which is "quite
daunting!" Daughter Faith is into cross
country, basketball, and soccer. Husband
Marvin still pastors their church and does
psychology work on the side. The Gardners'
greatest love is sailing on Smith Mountain
Lake, although Laura still runs every day
and swims whenever possible.
Andrea "Dre" Bateman has been a
lawyer in Orland, FL, since '01 . Her mother
lived there for over 20 years, but died in '06.
She lives in Altamonte Springs, FL.
Comer Schmoeller Diehl started a
new job in Jun. — marketing for the Atlantic
companies in CA. The big perk is working
from home! Twins Genna and Justin have
settled in the SF Bay Area, and as twins
sometimes do, closed on the purchase of
their respective houses on the same day.
Genna and husband Matteo live in San
Francisco, and Justin purchased his home
in Petaluma. Genna works lor Autodesk
as an internal consultant and Justin is
the Assistant Principal at Terra Linda h.s.
Comer still lives outside Sacramento in Del
Webb's Sun City Lincoln Hills, but wonders
if she should move back to the Bay Area.
By the time we read this, she'll have met
up with Gayle Langford Turner for a trip
to the jazz festival on Santa Catalina Island.
(Maybe we'll hear about that next time.)
Rhoda Allen Brooks wrote when
leaving for Budapest and Prague and she
really looking forward to it. Her and husband
John's son was married in Steamboat, CO,
in Jun., and then they went to Keystone, CO,
in Aug. for the wedding of a good friend of
their children. "It was fun being the guest,"
Rhoda says, "although I guess I haven't
done the hard one yet, having been only the
mother of the groom. It seemed like plenty
of work to me!"
Susan "Sioux" Greenwald went to
India with a W&L group early this year (a
wonderful trip) and managed to visit with
Roberta Robbie" Randolph Wendy
Weiss Smith F. Lodi "Dee" Kysor,
Valeria "Val" Murphey and Kris Herzog
Sherrill Marks Byrd had a good year
except for 4 bouts with flu; it was May
before she got strength back. Making up for
a late start, she had an amazing Jun. Sons
Nelson (27) and Hudson (21) joined Hugh
Hunter and her for a trip to WA & Canada.
Nelson was in a wedding in Seattle; 1st,
the family took seaplane to Victoria to visit
a friend (94) "that we know from Grand
Cayman." They fried to keep up with her!
They attended events benefiting Cheekwood
Fine Art Center before leaving for Monteagle
Sunday School Assembly's 125th Season of
Celebration. Nelson took Sherrill to AR for
family business, then departed for a month
in China and Tibet. Upon his return, Hudson
went back for his junior year at the U. South.
They all met in Sewanee for Hudson's
birthday before Nelson moved back to
Chicago and the Board of Trade. Hugh
Hunter and Sherrill have plans for Parents'
Weekend and Homecoming after a western
anniversary in Waco, TX.
Judy Brown Fletcher's Swissy bitch,
Deme, finished '06 as number 10 in her
breed; thinking to retire her after showing
at Westminster and Eukanuba 2 years in
a row, they took her to Aiken to breed to a
male. From that Mar. litter they kept "Bubba"
and now they're back on the circuit showing
both of them! When Judy's not on the road
with the dogs, listening to books on CD,
she's trying to "keep up with parents' aging
issues and those of Steve's dad." Her work
continues as Board member and Secretary
for the Eagle Creek Park Foundation
Citizen's Advisory Committee (large urban
park); she focuses on watershed and water
quality issues. Her creative writing is limited
to quarterly articles for her breed magazine
and biennial papers for the Indianapolis
Woman's Club (1875). "I still hand-dye
silk and put those skills to use for my
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daughter's wedding 7/1/07." The drought
has devastated her gardens so "I'm in the
midst of redesigning." Other than that, she
still fishes and, with son Will in Tampa, she
has a good excuse to visit and surf cast on
Barbara "Barbie" Gracey Backer and
Ron are empty nesters, after a late start in
the child-rearing department. John (22) is a
senior at Auburn; David (20) is a 2nd year at
UVA, and Katie (1 8) is a freshman at SMU.
They had a wonderful visit with Jeannette
Bush Miller Becky Randolph Boyers
and Nan Glaser LaGow at UVA Parents'
Weekend last year and plan another one.
This summer, the Backers took their children
on a cruise to the Baltic Countries, including
a side-trip to Moscow. Barbie and Ron
still manage their insurance business, and
Barbie does fundraising for a local women's
shelter, which is "very gratifying." She has
also been bitten by the golf bug which is
handy with the empty nest, and is doing
some horseback riding, her passion. She
loved seeing everyone at our last reunion
and hopes all our precious classmates are
in good health.
Carol Remington Foglesong was
on an adventure starting 1 0/5/07. In the
course of 2 weeks, she was going to do
her 40th (gasp) h.s. reunion, dinner with
her best friend "from the time I was 4 until
1 0," the Washington Semester Fall '69
38th reunion, and a get together with Mary
Lyman Ray and Kathy Fisher Morland It
seems a bit of a life review crammed into 2
weeks — and she gets to stay at her mom's
in Baltimore for 8 of those nights. So, no
exotic travel this year, she says, adding that
"the gods have definitely aligned to have all
these events happening in a concentrated
period of time and locale." Life is good for
her and she enjoys grandson Jameson (1
on 10/7/07). Carol knows he'll forgive her
for not being here for his big day, but it will
take his parents a while to forgive her for
missing the occasion! Carols says that she
still has beds available for anyone coming to
the Orlando area.
Maggie Mather Feldmeir's biggest
news is that oldest daughter Kate got
married in Cazenovia (NY), one of the
millions of 7/7/07 brides! It was a magical
weekend with wonderful weather in their
idyllic lake town, a relief since most of the
attendees were out-of-towners. Newlyweds
Kate and Nate (Maggie says they adore him)
live in DC and continue to work in inner-city
education, both at a charter public school.
The Feldmeir's younger daughter Julie left
The Washington Post and is beginning her
2-year stint at Northwestern getting an
M.BA from Kellogg. They look forward to
that excuse to visit Chicago. Maggie still
works for The Carlisle Collection, doing
merchandising and training so she still
travels quite a bit (mostly to NYC). She and
Jake are trying to plan more travel and
relaxing time — there's a big world out there!
Maggie says life is grand and she feels
extremely blessed, and wishes the same for
all our classmates.
Frances Barnes Kennamerand
Martha Roton Terry had a fantastic visit
with Gale Hull Whetzel this summer in
Columbus, OH, Gale's hometown. They tried
to get Tricia "Honey" Hammer to join,
but she had an out-of-town business trip.
Frances and Seabie (husband of 34 years)
celebrated another of life's milestones
last spring when their only child, Helen,
graduated from Auburn U. in May. She is
pursuing a Master of Speech-Language
Pathology degree at Montevallo U. near
Birmingham. They all celebrated with a 2
week trip (1st -ever) to HI. Frances is still
with the AL Department of Public Health,
where she is director of a bureau which
has responsibility for public health nursing,
public health social work, public health
pharmacy, women's health, nutrition/
physical activity, and training. This past year
she "inherited" rural health and minority
health from a colleague who retired. "Eek!"
says Frances, "Maybe I should retire,
too, before I 'inherit' anything else." But
wait— it's too late for that! She's also now
the person from her agency who goes to
the state emergency operations center in an
underground bunker and basically operates
the agency from there during an emergency.
She rode the beach in AL hours after
Hurricane Ivan in '05 and has been to the Ml
Gulf Coast and New Orleans 3 times since
Katrina. "The devastation is unbelievable,"
she writes. "Sadly, now attention has largely
moved elsewhere but many people still
haven't resolved the wreckage of their
homes and lives." On a lighter note, Frances
has begun playing tennis again after a
20-year break, and is doing well, all things
considered. She continues to attempt to
master golf, but that goal as so far eluded
her; she has yet to break 1 00!
Tricia "Honey" Hammer still works as
a National Account Representative for AT&T
which requires a lot of traveling. She also
still teaches hunter/dressage, judges almost
every weekend, and coaches 2 Pony Clubs
in the Cincinnati area. When the pace gets
too much and she sees a little free time
ahead, she heads up to Columbus to Gale
Hull Whetzels house for some "endurance
snoozing!" She wants everyone to know
what a great time our last reunion was and
encourages us to get the next reunion date
on our calendars NOW!
Alison Jones e-mailed from Addis
Ababa, Ethiopia, that her year has been
dedicated to creating "No Water No Life,
LLC, a nonprofit project to raise awareness
of our planet's limited fresh water resources
and to foster river-to-river and upstream-
downstream partnerships that can forge
solutions to water availability, quality and
sustainable usage, combining the powers
of photography, science, and history. No
Water No Life is researching, documenting,
and disseminating imagery and information
on the value, conditions and consequences
of degradation in 3 North American and
3 Northeastern African river basins. In
Jun./Jul. her team gathered 27 hrs of
stakeholder interviews and 76 gigs of
still images while logging 4,723 mi. from
source to sea on the Columbia River." Alison
continues, "Now, in Sept., I'm writing from
Ethiopia where I've obtained 86 gigs and
thus far 1 hrs of interviews concerning
the Omo and Blue Nile River Basins. No
Water No Life's mission and progress is
outlined on our website: www.nowater-
nolite.org. The next phase of this project:
finding funds now that our model has
been tested — sent me back to school for
a grant-writing class last Apr,! I'd forgotten
what homework and all-nighters were
like! If any of you have relevant funding
sources for No Water No Life, please
contact me (email@example.com)\"
Meanwhile, Alison is leaning on her SBC
roomie, Jean Mackenzie Thatcher for
editing, advice and moral support, and is
reciprocating by holding Jean's hand as her
only child, Alison's godchild, awaits college
Wendy Norton Brown was just back
from a wonderful visit with Kathy Wilson
Lamb and Rex at their new-to-them
retirement house in Lexington! They have 1 1
V2 acres overlooking the town of Lexington,
VMI, and House Mountain — a to-die-for
view! The house is terrific and they've done
a lot to make it theirs. Wendy adds that the
Lambs are only an hour away from their
mountain home and 2 from RIC. She plans
to see more of them.
Elizabeth "Liz" Glassman wrote at 4
a.m. that jet lag is a permanent feature of
her life this year. She had returned from a
memorable vacation to Bhutan, a remote
Himalayan kingdom and a devoutly Buddhist
state. "Last year the king abdicated to his
son, and announced that the kingdom would
have its first elections in '08," Liz reports.
"It's a time of enormous change there,
and we were lucky to meet many of the
leaders, newspaper editors, and other media
people who, having lived and studied in
the U.S., work to shepherd the process for
the 700,000 inhabitants of Bhutan." When
not traveling, Liz lives in Chicago and leads
an art foundation devoted to American art:
the Terra Foundation for American Art. See
www.terraamericanart.org. Their mission
is to spread the study and enjoyment of
American art globally. The organization
runs a museum in Giverny, France, and has
projects all over Europe and the world. This
year it was a big show with the Guggenheim
Foundation covering 300 years of American
art. The show started in Beijing before
it went to Shanghai, Moscow, and now
Bilbao, Spain. "Note that we sent 300 years
of American art to China," Liz adds, "in
response to their having sent 5,000 years of
Chinese art some years ago to NY. But they
came to the show in numbers you can only
get in China— 700,000 for both Chinese
cities combined over 4 mos. I guess that's
a blockbuster!" She still spends time in
Santa Fe, NM, where she has kept a home.
Liz invites anyone in Chicago or Paris on
work or play, to give her a call: she might
In Houston, Betty Duson and husband
are "so ready" to retire, but will have to
postpone the dream for at least another
8 yrs. Their son is a junior at the U. TX
and has entered the world of music and
music recording, so he isn't likely to be
self-sufficient any time soon. It's a good
thing that they enjoy their work, Betty says,
and that they have pretty rich lives, but she
would still prefer to be navigating hills and
lakes instead of freeways and elevators.
Kristina "Kristi" Bettendorf had
a long vacation in Greece this fall. "Talk
about a hard-working vacation!" she
writes: "If we weren't climbing up onto an
acropolis, we were climbing down into an
excavation— I'm getting too old for this."
Kristi is going into her 30th year at the State
Attorney's Office and would otherwise be
retiring, but youngest daughter Elisabeth
just started her junior year at Hofstra U. in
Sept., so retirement has been put off. The
announcement that Elisabeth wants to go
to law school to follow up on her degree in
Political Science further affected retirement,
which may be put off another 4 or 5 yrs
now. Kristi's oldest, Steve, was promoted
to First Lieutenant in the Air Force, good
news that was overcome by his imminent
deployment to Iraq in Jan. "It's encouraging
that deployment in the Air Force is for a
maximum of 3 months, but it doesn't seem
to overcome the fact that he's going to Iraq,"
Kristi writes. "I've heard that what the Air
Force does in Iraq is run the Army bases.
So I've thought of sending him over with
a note: 'Dear Commander: Stevie is not
allowed to leave the base without a note
from his mommy.' Think it'll work?" We
hope so, Kristi! On the personal front, Kristi
discovered her post-retirement interest —
botanical illustration (watercolors). She
participated in 3 shows over the summer.
She's slow, she says, but dedicated!
Linda Whitlow Knight can't believe
that more than a year has passed since
our glorious reunion. "I'm still so honored
and humbled that you dear classmates
elected me President," she says. Linda is
busy with work, various bar activities, and
being a director of her homeowners' assoc.
Her service on the TN Ethics Commission
occupies a lot of time and energy. The
Knights have been working on their house
and are preparing to do major renovation.
Dick is busy with winding up a company of
which he was CEO, whose assets were sold,
and serves as an arbitrator, as well as his
other interests. Older daughter Katherine
left her position in the Legal Dept. of the
TN Dept. of Transportation last Dec. to
practice labor and employment law with
TN's largest law firm, Baker Donelson, in
its Knoxville office. "Lo and behold," Linda
says, "Katherine became engaged during
the summer to a wonderful man, David
Layhew, in Nashville, and they married at
home on 10/6/07 — a beautiful occasion!"
Katherine is a mom to David (13) and Griffin
(6), and Dick and Linda have 2 "grandboys!"
Katherine joined the Nashville office of the
Burr & Forman law firm. Linda and Dick's
younger daughter Elizabeth is in her 3rd
year at Emory Law School and will join the
Dallas office of Sedgwick, Detert, Moran &
Arnold to litigate. In Apr. they spent a few
days in NM with Dick's mom, sister, and
nephew, and in Jul. they gathered at Dick's
sister's house in ME.
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It's been a busy year lor Anne
Wiglesworth Munoz. Now that Milton
is retired, they've been driving cross
country, including to NY lor daughter
Aliria's graduation in May. "Fun trip." says
Anne: "We know where all the Costcos are
(cheapest gas) on 1-80 and some in IN,
MO. and KY (none in WY or New England!).
It you're driving through Des Moines, the
Costco there has the cheapest gas in the
country!" Anne's 2 daughters, Maya and
Aliria. have settled in the Phoenix area and
are thrilled to be living together. Maya is
in her 3rd year ot medical school doing
her clinical rotations. Aliria is an RN at St
Joseph Hospital near downtown Phoenix.
Anne and Milton helped them move in Aug.
"Such a great time to travel to Phoenix
(1 1 2 °F)," Anne notes wryly. They plan to
go back for Thanksgiving when it's more
like 75° and snowing at home in Salt Lake.
They're also signed up to volunteer for the
Sundance Film Festival again in Jan. Anne
has been applying to several shows and
getting into most of them. She's exhibiting
at the Brigham City Art Museum for a Fiber
Arts Show and hopes to do a few shows in
AZ next year as well. (Anne attached to her
e-mail a photo of one of her pieces and it is
Susan "Susu" Schmidt is the 1 st
executive director of the Edenton NC
Historical Commission, raising funds to
restore the Roanoke River Lighthouse.
She invites us to come visit (or google) her
waterfront office at the Barker House. This
summer she walked 350 mi. on the Camino
de Santiago in Spain.
Carolyn Jones Walthall has much to
report, since her last bit of news arrived too
late last year. From '06, she wrote: "We still
live and work in south AL. aka 'Katrinaland.'
Julian and I didn't have damage to our
house here in Daphne, but our area was
changed drastically. Physically, of course,
old landmarks and trees, jobs, and whole
industries, have been swept/blown away,
but it's also the ripple effects that we see
and will feel for years: people displaced
from home and jobs, social service agencies
overburdened with thousands of help
requests, schools and communities and
roadways crowded with additional folks, in
some places a general hopelessness, but
in other places a determined renewal, and
a shared reference to the phrase 'hurricane
season.' On a personal note, we're fine.
Our 2 sons are grown and gone: David (30)
lives in Florence, Italy, giving tours around
Tuscany. In Jan. he'll move to Siena to
become the Resident Director for a study
abroad program called CET. Claiborne (26)
is newly married to wonderful Beth, living
in Ithaca, NY, to do a master's program in
urban and regional planning at Cornell. At
their wedding, early Jun. outside Albany, NY.
we were joined by SBC roomies Jeannette
Bush Miller and Anne Milbank Melt who
waded through the rainy deluge to dance
the night away with us under the wedding
tent. Great fun to be with them again! Julian
is still a Presbyterian pastor and enjoys
gardening with native plants and cooking
healthy, tasty recipes. I'm still the program
administrator for a youth leadership
development program for h.s. students and
enjoy sampling Julian's good cooking. I do
some things at the church and I still serve
on several boards in nearby Mobile." From
'07: We travel more these days, particularly
since our 2 sons live away from south AL.
Claiborne and Beth are in Ithaca for grad
school, and we love visiting them there.
David is still in Italy, now in Siena, and we
look forward to visiting him next summer.
Julian and I attended my 40th h.s. reunion
in Mobile, and we really had fun, even
though many attendees looked too old to be
In my class! Look in the mirror, Carolyn! [Oh,
how we know what you mean, Carolyn!)
Patsy Wheeler Maddox writes, "I still
teach at Amherst Middle and work with
learning disabled students in 8th grade. We
have a grandson (3) and each daughter is
expecting: one new grandchild in Nov. and
one in Mar. George and I had a wonderful
trip to France in Jun."
Alix Sommer Smith also had news
from last year that didn't make "the cut," so
I (Gale) thought I would throw it in 1 st. Alix
retired in '04 after 32 years in the Stafford
County, VA, school division, final role as
Supervisor of Gifted Services, K-12. "I have
done some consulting, taught a gifted class
for UMW, and I work for the VA Dept. of
Education coordinating evaluations of gifted
programs called Governor's Schools. These
include regional school-year programs for
h.s. students, part- or full-day, and both
month-long summer residential programs
for rising juniors and seniors, and regional
summer programs for elem., middle, and
h.s. students. While most of our classmates
enjoy grandchildren, my husband and I just
adopted 2 red tabby kitten brothers from
the SPCA. Our "free" pets have already
cost us $2000, thanks to Otis' ingestion
of 2 feet of yarn, necessitating emergency
surgery complete with 22 staples in his little
belly. His new nickname is B.B. for bad boy
or bald belly! Recently drove through SBC
campus on my way home from southern
VA. What a beautiful place in the fall. I was
sorry to have missed reunion this year, but
look forward to the next one!" This year,
Alix writes that there is "not too much to
report from this retired gal. When people
ask me what I'm doing, I reply 'I do lunch!'
I try to catch up on reading and needlework
projects and play with my cats. When my
husband retires, hopefully we'll get back to
Roberta "Robbie" Randolph writes,
"I got a master's degree, married, moved
9 times, had 3 sons, got divorced, raised
them alone, and managed to develop a
moderately successful career that has
involved, among other things, development
of international technical requirements for
aviation communication systems." She has
put all 3 kids through college on her own,
remodeled a 1 00-year old house, mostly via
"sweat equity," and had the joy of watching
her eldest son marry a glorious woman this
summer. "Other than that, not much has
happened to me!"
Jean Mackenzie Thatcher writes:
"After 30 years of a corporate career in
the reinsurance and captive insurance
company biz, I decided to knock oil the
traveling and wound up all enmeshed In
local politics. I'm starting my 3rd term as
Deputy Mayor of our village, which is the
2nd largest in the area in NY State. We run
our own police, highway, sanitation, beach
and summer camp operations — lots of
action. Election campaigns can get nasty,
but our administration's message has
broad appeal, and we deliver good (and
all volunteer!) government and pursue
long-term initiatives restructuring police
department, reconstructing major roads,
renovating historic Village Hall structure)
which will benefit our residents for years
to come. Richard works at his firm on Wall
Street. James (29) is a grad of H-SC & UVA
and lives in France with his wife and our
granddaughter, la petite Suzanne (1). Katie
is a senior and is applying to W&M. Sadly I
could not sell SBC, although the admissions
people were wonderful and the campus
more exquisite than ever. Alison Jones and
I are god-mothers to each other's daughters
and are in constant contact. I spoke with
Amanda Thrasher Segrest in Huntsville,
AL, who has grown kiddies, all of whom are
in Birmingham. Amanda and husband Mike
dote on their grandson (1) when he visits.
She still teaches English, threatens to retire
next year. Charlene Reed '73 is in the range
of those terrible fires in the LA area and
south, but so far is OK, although has had
to evacuate horses from friends' barns and
says it's hard to breathe."
And Amanda Thrasher Segrest says,
"I still teach W day in h.s. Mike and I have
a grandson (1) and are crazy about him. We
continue to Roll With The Tide!"
Wendy Weiss Smith says that the
"W&L trip to explore Vietnam and Cambodia
this fall was phenomenal — fascinating
learning of cultures, recent history, and
current economic recovery of friendly and
beautiful people. Earlier in the year we
took a W&L cruise to the Baltic — including
locales new to us: Gdansk, Poland; Tallinn,
Estonia; and St. Petersburg. Alone in the
Hermitage with Matisse's A Red Room
anyone? Gil (husband of over 30 yrs
now — how can that be?) and I look forward
to being with Susan Greenwald in NYC
for theater and other diversions, then again
with her in St John, USVI in Feb. when the
Caribbean sun will be most welcome! My
SBC 74 sisters Cathy (Winchester, VA) and
Chris (Rocky River, OH) and I, plus Mom,
celebrated her sister's 90th birthday in
Litchfield, CT. Everybody's doing well."
Kathy Garcia Pegues writes: "John and
I celebrated our 30th anniversary in style
with a spa getaway. But it's our kids who
are doing the fun stuff: Emily (SBC '00) lives
in old town Alexandria, VA, and works as a
curatorial assistant to Nicholas Penny at the
National Gallery of Art. (He's a "rock star" in
the art history world.) Emily also performs
in a non-singing role in the Washington
National Opera's production of Don Giovanni
with Placido Domingo conducting! How fun
is that? Son Adam got his Wings of Gold in
Aug., which makes him a Naval Aviator. He'll
fly an F/A 1 8 Hornet (the same plane as the
Blue Angels) and will be stationed at Oceana
(near VA Beach) for the next year or so. Then
it will be on to 'the fleet' in a scary world.
John and I hope to retire Irom edi ii
soon because the 'helicopter parents' are
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like to try new things but haven't d>
what yet. We're becoming more politically
active, doping to help restore some
and integrity to our government. It's been
fun to meet Barack Obama and VA's Senator
Jim Webb. At one rally, I met Maureen
Dowd, columnist for the NY Times, as well
as Joel Klein, writer for Time magazine.
Remember our junior year— Kent State and
the Vietnam turmoil? Well, things now are
much worse and more dangerous, but very
few people share the burden as they did in
the '70s with the draft. Where is the 'shared
sacrifice' made by our military and their
families? Well, this is all probably more than
you want to know. We stay busy with school,
following our children's 'launch,' and with
politics. In the summer, the garden is our
sanctuary. I'll be back in Nov. for SBC Board
meetings, always a pleasant and stimulating
Ellen Weintraub says, "I'm still in sunny
FL and moved back into the Harbour House.
I was renting here and now it has gone
condo, had to exit for almost 2 years while
the developer rebuilt. I'm right on the ocean
in Bal Harbour. I'm officially originating
residential loans for a living, but have
started an enterprise which was inspired
by my adorable Golden Doodle puppy.
Beau. We're decorating retractable leashes
en masse for some large retailers, with
crystals a la Judith Leiber style. I thought it
would be a good idea for holiday gifts. Just
now designing the website, but you can
check it out soon: Blingalongyourpetcom,
Isn't that ci/fe? We're doing a turquoise
one with clear stones for the ribbon for
Tiffany, a black one with a white gardenia
and the interlocking CC's on the other side
for Chanel, an orange one with the brown
ribbon for Hermes— you get the idea. I'm
psyched! The first one is in production right
now; it'll have overall taupe colored stones.
an image of Beau on one side, and his
name in black script on the other. My mom
is still going strong at 92, feisty as ever, for
those of you who remember her. Beau is her
grand dog...LOL! The 3 of us travel around
all the time together and have fun. Big hugs
to my classmates!"
Elizabeth "Libby" Tyree-Taylor says,
"I'm writing from Beijing — no need to be
in CA to get the mail. Once my son left
for college (UVA) and I was able to get off
the boards on which I served, I became
a regular traveler. Last week I was in
Boston and spent a couple days with Kathy
Cummings Catlin 70. The week before that
I was in NYC, then went to Charlottesville
for a Parents Committee meeting and the
UVA football game. I get to NYC regularly
and have caught up with Jeannette Bush
Miller and Anne Milbank Mell Anne's
daughter and son live in San Fran and I've
seen them there. My daughter is in NYC.
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so I'm able to see her there every month.
We get to the theater, go out to eat, shop,
and enjoy NY. Her friends are beginning
to think we must live close by rather than
cross-country! In one year, I'll have been to
6 continents, including Antarctica this past
Jan. Quite an extraordinary trip — magical in
many ways. After China, I leave for Australia
where my son is studying for a semester.
My husband Barry works for a NYC private
equity firm and I'm lucky enough to join him
on his travels. With meetings at UVA and
Lee in school there, I get to VA to remember
my days (and weekends) at SBC."
Jan Pridmore writes from Boston, "In
recent years I've been living in FL, managing
the family business and helping take care
of my father. He passed away in '06, and I
was able to turn over the management of
the business to the employees and move
back to Boston this year, hoping to finish
my Ph.D. I'm at Boston U. in the Editorial
Institute, exposed to brilliant people, love
being back in the city."
Although Jill Lowry Wiemer left
after 2 years, she still enjoys reading
about everyone! She writes, "I'm enjoying
myself this year, relaxing after a whirlwind
of weddings. 2 of my 4 daughters were
married this year in Jan. and Apr. Both
weddings were wonderful, but lots of work.
Thank goodness they both gave me a year
to plan them. Christmas 2 years ago was
exciting at our house with not one but 2 new
engagement rings! Friends joined George
and I as we enjoyed a cruise in Oct. around
Italy, Greece, and Turkey — the perfect way
to relax after a year of parties, planning,
and weddings! I've turned into a golfer, it's
never too late. We're spending more time
in Highlands, NC, since we bought a house
there, wonderful way to beat the FL heat!"
Robbin Richardson is twice the
grandmother now, and working on the 3rd
child due in Dec. The 2 boys (1 8 mos., 2
1 /2) are the Men in her Life! She sells some
houses in order to feed her passion for living
as much of the winter as she can in Mexico.
She leaves at the end of Oct., so if anyone
finds themselves coming to the Puerto
Vallarta area, she says to look her up! She's
at 775 Matamoros, Cinco Flores, Numero
1 , behind Cafe des Artistes trying to live the
life of an artist! "It's been too long since I've
seen any of you!"
Jacqueline Coles Penny writes: "Hello
darlings, hope you're well and happy. I
moved back to Vera Beach in Jul. to be
closer to my parents. I still teach Adult
Ed, this time at Indian River Coll., and I'm
happy— wish everyone would come visit
me (not all at once of course); this truly
is paradise! Call soon, in the phone book
under JC Penny :-). Be well and email
Miriam "Mim" Washabaugh Meglan
writes, "In May. I played for the '07 Reunion
Memorial Service and then went to the
Westminster Choir Coll. in Princeton, NJ,
for a week of choral conducting "camp." I
still study organ and piano and have started
brushing up on rusty music theory skills. At
Homecoming this fall, I made new friends
from other classes and got to hear the Blue
Ridge Piano Quartet that's in residence at
SBC this year. It was simply wonderful to
hear music performed at such a refined
level by Music Dept. faculty. Am just back
from a 2nd trip to campus to start planning
music for the reunion '08 Memorial Service.
Vaughn will be retiring in the next year or so,
and I'm hopeful that the increased flexibility
will make it possible for me to pursue
graduate music studies."
Ann Millbank Mell's big family news
is that Meredith is engaged to a wonderful
fellow whom she met in Boston at B school.
"They seem wonderfully suited for each
other and have decided to get married in NJ
next Jul.! We couldn't be happier for them.
In the meantime we'll be coordinating the
wedding from coast to coast as Meredith
and Blair have lived in San Fran since
graduation '06! Brother John lives 3 blocks
away from them so it's so convenient to
visit them both, which we 3 east-coasters
did the middle of Oct. Caitlin works in NYC
for Global McCann, almost a year, and
lives in Astoria, Queens. All 3 kids have
medical insurance so they're on track for
supporting us in our old age! John has
been a consultant for Global Resources
International, on assignment at Citibank,
and I still manage the practice of a child and
adolescent psychiatrist and help my dad
(95) negotiate doctors' etc. appointments. I
imagine we've all been having a hoot at our
40th h.s. reunions this year. That number
crept up on me! Sending my best to all and
encouraging everyone to start planning to
come to our next SBC reunion. They're too
much fun to miss!"
Camilla "Cami" Crocker Wodehouse
has been involved in 3 separate moves:
"my son to Richmond, my mother-in-law
to assisted living (and all the cleaning out
that entails), and my daughter to Saratoga
Springs, NY, all within 6 wks. "I'm having
my son's engagement party here on
1 1/1 1/07. He married a lovely young lady
from New Bern, NC on 10/6/07. She's a
veterinarian; they met at the U. FL while
he was getting his M.BA. He works for
Florida Rock Industries as Director of Sales
for Central VA. Daughter Carey accepted
a job as Editor at Palio Communications in
Saratoga Springs. She found an adorable
carriage house, is 3 min. from work, and
gets to wear all the winter clothes she
got while working in Chicago. She will,
however, be crying to me about the lack
of tan. Life's tough! Chuck retired 1 Vz yrs
ago from CSX and we haven't looked back.
Took our boat to the Bahamas for a month
the summer before last (just in case that
sounds remotely glamorous, I smelled like
diesel fuel for weeks, but got quite good at
changing Racor filters in high seas), went to
St. Barts with UVA/Hollins buddies last Mar.
and going again this Mar., spent last Jun. in
France with 2 wks on a boat we chartered
on the Canal du Midi (as an aside, my
French sucked! What a disappointment!),
visited friends in upstate Michigan in Aug.,
and DG and Trish Van Clief will be here
in a few days for the engagement party.
We hope to do some boating and fishing,
although if we just veg that will be fine, too!
Enjoyed an all-too-short visit from Jacque
Penny in Jun. right before we left for France,
but hope to catch up with her again. Went to
Sea Island in May with Nan Glazer LaGow
Michela English and buddies from class
of '72. When my son moved to Richmond
last month and desperately needed some
decorating advice, Nan jumped in and
saved the day! She's the besf. Hope you're
all happy, healthy, and living the life! Love,
Lynne Manov Sprinsky has had more
to do than she can say grace over since
completing the BALIMO™ curriculum in
Jul. She's been teaching riders to improve
their seats using techniques of "motion
mediation" developed by Eckart Meyners, a
German Ph.D. kinesthesiologist. Her private
student load doubled in 2 mos, and she's
been doing clinics from coast to coast.
She acquired an ancient, but venerable,
schoolmaster named Angelo who'd fallen
on hard times and was a bag of bones.
After getting him sound, she plans to use
him to teach students who've never sat on
a well-trained dressage horse. Meanwhile
she's trying to off-load a bunch of volunteer
jobs she took on when she had only a few
students and no horse and more time than
sense. She managed to take time out for
a 2-wk holiday in Austria and Switzerland
despite the dollar's weakness. She attended
the Spanish Riding School's Sun. matinee
performance in Vienna and a Mozart
concert in the hall where "Wolfie" used
to play in Salzburg, and during the Swiss
leg of the trip, she feasted on cheese and
chocolate. "There's only one bargain left in
Switzerland," she reports. "It's the Cailler-
Nestle chocolate factory in Broc, where the
tour is free and afterwards, in the sampling
hall where a long line of tables topped with
mirrors display neat lines of chocolates, it's
Martha Roton Terry writes that her
son "Caldwell, passed his AL State Real
Estate exam, so he's going to try his hand
at real estate in Huntsville with a good
buddy. At least he's still in AL! Unfortunately,
real estate is a commission job, so he'll
probably be on my payroll for a while until
he gets established, hopefully sooner than
later! Ann graduates in Dec. She's studying
for her GREs on 1 1/1 6/07 and hopes for
a magazine internship after graduation;
she has applied for several that start in
Jan. Hopefully, she will find one close by,
not in D.C., NYC, or LA, where most of the
magazines are headquartered! She wants to
try her hand at writing, but if she can't get
a job, she'll probably go to grad school in
American Studies. Frances and I are trying
to line up another cruise, maybe a European
river. We found one that starts in Amsterdam
and goes down the Rhine into the Black
Forest — doesn't that sound wonderful!
Frances is talking to her cruise agent friend
to get more info.
Gale Hull Whetzel (that's me!) is still
in Columbus and busy with many things
that she usually can't remember! We've
been to a lot of weddings in the past year.
Many of the children we've watched grow
up decided to get married at the same time!
I'm active with a large non-denominational
church and a small home church, and I've
taken some intensive classes in theology.
Who knows? I might enter a seminary at
some point! I've been seeing several doctors
in Columbus, Cleveland, and Detroit, and
we remain hopeful that the kidney cancer
I've had for 1 1 years is still being lazy and
will remain operable. Our youngest son,
Jamie, and his wife of 2 years, Beth, and
their 2 cats moved from NC to OH last Aug.
Specifically to our house in OH! (I think
there's a betting pool among our friends
as to how long this will last!) It's been only
mildly stressful, and Gene and I are lucky to
have the chance to get to know Beth better!
She's like the daughter I never had! They'll
soon move into their new house about 1
min. away, so we'll be on our own again.
It's great to have them so much closer! Our
oldest son Robin continues to work and lead
a quiet life. Gene is still with the OH State
Bar Assn. and has talked about retiring, but
not yet. I hope you're all doing wonderfully
well and that you'll be as generous with
your replies for the next "go round" of
Class Notes as you were this time! If you
didn't receive an e-mail about these notes
and would like to, let Lynne or me know.
Hopefully, we'll leave enough time for snail
mail next time!
2012 Wolftrap Oaks Ct
Vienna, VA 22182
The Oct. 19 Washington Post article on SBC
prompted me to connect with classmates. I
emailed the website and received a number
of responses; comments along with news.
Thanks to all who responded. If you didn't
receive my email, I don't have your address.
Please send to Jilljohnson@isisllc.us.
Grace Janelle Sherry Straszheim
wrote that the picture of Reid was beautiful,
with the lovely horses in the foreground. It
made her nostalgic for the beauty of the
campus. Janelle and husband think life is
pretty good. They've gotten through the
majority of child rearing and are dodging any
"boomerang" children. With the combination
of their 2 "homegrown" kids, Rebecca (23),
an engineer and David (21), a student at
Washington U., and her husband's earlier
children, they've got 5 children with a span
of 22 years between them. Last year they
had children with ages in the 40s, 30s, 20s
and teens! Janelle's youngest stepchild,
Sarah (34) has been diagnosed with MS,
a big blow. Any advice from classmates on
how to best deal with this disease would be
welcome. Grace's work continues to involve
"death and taxes." She works as trust
counsel for a trust company, and also has a
part-time legal practice in estate planning
and estate administration. Her pleasure time
still involves horses; she has an Arabian for
endurance races and trail riding. Her longest
distance race so far has been 60 mi. (in 12
hrs). She can be found riding on weekends
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and days off. Her husband continues to
teach economics, but has retired from his
Chairmanship appointment at the U. MD.
Trish Neale Van Clief and Dg are
celebrating their 1st grandchild, born
3/1 7/07 in Australia to son Danny (30)
and wife Anna, a native Aussie. Danny
and Anna met 9 yrs ago through mutual
friends. Trish and Dg flew a whole plane-
full of groomsmen over for a beautitul
ceremony and fun wedding. Trish writes the
Aussies rea//y know how to do fun things.
After a 5-year stmt in the U.S., Danny
and Anna returned to Sydney so Danny
could pursue his MBA at the Australian
Graduate School of Management. Baby
Daniel Graham Van Clief, a precious little
man. has dual citizenship. Daughter Helen
(29) is a corporate litigator at Akin Gump
in Austin. TX, where she lives with talented
husband Chase, an architect, painter, and
musician. They were married 4 yrs ago at
the Van Clief family farm, Nydrie Stud, in
Scottsville, VA, only 40 min. from SBC. Dg
and Trish are retired from the Breeders
Cup Ltd, but continue to be involved in the
thoroughbred world in KY and probably
always will. They treasure life-long friends
and family, and have 3 barking Marley-type
dogs plus an insane 1 4-year-old cat whose
weekly shedding could fill a suitcase. They
totally rule. Trish and Dg can only travel
after extensive preparations for their pets'
every need. Trish was sorry to miss reunion,
but is proud of the great job the class did
in raising money and making such a good
showing. She's excited about what she sees
and reads about our beloved alma mater.
Best wishes to all '72ers and Viva La SBC!
The Washington Post article brought
back so many great memories that Elise
Webb Neeland decided to take time to
write a note. What a beautiful campus we all
enjoyed! Nice to see it recognized. Husband
David still works (too hard) in his Radiology
practice, but is trying to find a way to retire.
Older daughter Leslie and husband still live
in San Fran (his hometown), beginning their
3rd year of practicing law. Younger daughter
Elizabeth works in Atlanta for a PR and
marketing firm. No grandkids yet, but Liz
has a great dog she adopted from a shelter.
Since Reunion. Marion Walker went to
Anchorage, AK, to try a lawsuit and happily
won — a bit boring, she says, having to do
with finance leases. She was there 1 7 days
but managed to see magnificent Denali
and relax for a few days. Marion then tried
another big case in Aug. in Huntsville, at the
top of the heat wave. Another good result
put Marion in a great mood, despite the
hot air. In the mean time, she worked at
getting her mother the Lady peas and fresh
tomatoes she loved. Unfortunately, Marion's
mother took a turn in late Sept. and died
on the 24th. It was a blow, but the support
of friends has been terrific, including SBC
friends Margaret Hayes Brunstad and
Susan Waller Nading. Marion's precious
nephew, Michael Walker, was married
to Susan Burns from Gainesville. GA, on
10/6/07, and they live in Birmingham where
he practices law with Bradley Arant. Marion
is Senior Counsel with Ford & Harrison LLP,
a national Labor and Employment boutique
law firm, and handles all types of litigation in
this area and in commercial matters. In her
spare time, she's putting some little stories
on paper. She keeps in touch with Nan
Glaser LaGow. who she saw after reunion
and who has been cleared for a 2nd time
of breast cancer. In Birmingham, Marion
serves as the President of the Breast Cancer
Research Foundation, which commits
98% of every dollar to research at UAB's
Comprehensive Cancer Center. Everyone
concentrate on a cure!
Dedicated Ginger Upchurch emailed
from Santiago, Chile, where she and
husband Tom were on at the tail end of
an SBC Argentina-Chile trip. It has been
fabulous, she said, and they celebrated the
Washington Post article with fellow travelers.
Linda Odum enjoyed the nice article
about SBC. Unfortunately, she's not
recovering from her back surgery as
expected, still under "house arrest." She
drives, but only for short distances, and
that's about all. Linda still deals with
pain and sitting in any position for long is
agonizing. Consequently, she doesn't sleep
well either which is the worst, because
she's always been a good little sleeper and
needs her 8 hrs. Prayerfully, she'll be better
soon. Linda, this has been a long haul for
you. Let's hope you have happy news for
Still living in AK, Vivan Finlay has
reduced her private psychotherapy practice
to part time because she travels a lot with
her husband for Rotary International, a
volunteer service organization. Vivan and
husband have 7 children (from previous
marriages) and 20 grandchildren; only one
child and 2 grandchildren live in AK. They
enjoy traveling to visit all the family, visiting
her siblings and mother in Ireland, and
SBC Homecoming was fun for Betty
Moricle, who attended the special
Tusculum lectures. She learned a lot of
architectural facts about the historic "new"
home, which will be located between SB
House and the hockey field.
Edna Ann Osmanski Loftus found
the article delightful. She thinks SBC is a
beautiful place, special for many tangible
and intangible reasons. Edna Ann continues
her professional life at St. Andrews
Presbyterian Coll., serving as Associate
Dean for Academic Affairs and Professor of
English. The excellent liberal arts education
she received at SBC continues to be
foundation of all she does. She cherished
the opportunity to catch up with classmates
at our 35th reunion last May.
Bev Home Domerich wrote that after
younger son Stephen left for FSU in Aug.,
their home has seemed cavernous and dull
without "party boy." Stephen has hundreds
of friends, all of whom have been at their
home at one time or another, sleeping,
swimming, skiing off the docks, and eating
everything in the kitchen. Now Bev cooks
once or twice a week: laundry is down to
3 loads; and Bev and John go to movies,
h.s. volleyball games, and play tennis to
fill their nights. John took Bev to the US
Open in NYC for their tirst fabulous "empty
nest 3-day weekend." Now it's easy to pop
over to Miami for a party, Boca Raton tor
a reunion, and up to Tampa to see young
John, who attends John Sr.'s law school
alma mater. Life Is good!
The best part of reunion toi Carter
Frackelton was having her 1st roomie,
Sue Shields White come from TX for her
1 st reunion ever! Carter and Sue extended
their visit in Fredericksburg for another
night. In the fall Carter had a wonderful
Mediterranean cruise visiting several Greek
Isles and Turkey and enjoying a couple of
days in Rome at the beginning and end.
She loved every bit, except for the heat
and crowds. Unfortunately she returned
with a whopper of a cold and is just now
getting straight after a bit of surgery, too.
Carter probably holds the record for nephew
weddings this year; 3! She traveled to
Jacksonville Beach, FL; Charleston, SC; and
Avondale, PA. With all her activities, she and
Ginnie B Payne Sasser haven't had their
movie time. Carter reports Janet Nelson
Gibson has a new position as a Title 1
Reading Resource Specialist in Spotsylvania
Marty Neill Boney and Bill have come
through Fredericksburg on their way to
Canada or DC, and they always have a
wonderful visit with Carter. Marty goes back
and forth to Southern Pines almost every
other weekend to check on her parents who
have had lots of health problems. Marty
and Bill went to San Fran in Sept. for her
niece's wedding, and spent time in Aug. at
their family's cottage in Canada where she
and Bill fell in love with kayaking. Every year
Marty helps Carter with Christmas shopping,
usually a long weekend in Raleigh in the
fall, but this year they're planning on a new
venue, Wilmington. I'm expecting a report of
Dale Shelly Graham and James are
empty nesters. They left their big house in
the 'burbs and moved into DC where they
can walk to Starbucks, Neiman-Marcus, and
the subway. Son Fielding is a junior at SMU
in Dallas, and daughter Lily is a freshman
at Davidson in NC where she plays Division
I women's lacrosse. When people ask Dale
what she's going to do now that the kids are
gone, she tells them "anything I want."
Now that husband Tim Barberich has
retired, Eileen Gebrian finds time to
travel. They visit daughters Sophie and Lily
wherever they might be: NYC, Paris, Ontario.
Eileen and Tim have been able to enjoy their
lovely island home in Nantucket more and in
the fall took a golf trip to Scotland.
The perpetual traveler Karen Medford
is joining up with Eileen Gebrian for a
yoga trip to Bali. Karen plans to spend
Christmas in Egypt, traveling the Nile and
hitting all the highlights during the holidays.
Lucky girl. Karen, Dale. Mary Heller, and
I get together for lunch in Bethesda, then
shopping of course. Mary Heller still hosts
any and all SBCers who come to DC when
she isn't visiting her mother weekends in
Atlanta or working at the National Institute of
In Birmingham Susan Waller Nading
enjoys bridge, golf, hiking and traveling
when she isn't playing with her grandson
Ward. She and Alex joined 5 other W&L
couples, including Liz Clegg Woodard and
her husband, on a barge trip in France this
fall. In the coming year, she plans to visit
Nicaragua where Alex III studies pollution
issues. Alex is a cultural anthropologist who
was awarded a Fulbright and a grant from
the Mellon Foundation for his doctoral thesis
work. Will works at a local bank and plans
to apply to grad school, while Murray works
hard in commercial real estate and enjoys
life with baby Ward and her husband.
Kathy Keys Graham and Bill keep
busy in Birmingham. Son David is a senior
at Auburn where he was elected president
of the civil engineering honor society. Keys
says he's much smarter and nicer than she
was in college. He even spent time down in
MS helping people rebuild after Katrina
I, Jill Johnson just returned from
another wonderful trip to the Republic of
Georgia, where I traveled as a consultant
to Project HOPE aboard a CI 7 to deliver
$1 1 mill, pharmaceuticals to hospitals in
Tbilisi. This was my 3rd trip to this most
ancient and beautiful of countries in the
former Soviet Union. I'm on the Board
of a small foundation improving living
conditions for an orphanage in Saguramo
outside Tbilisi. Fortunately, I had an extra
day on my trip so I could take 2 suitcases
filled with toys and school supplies to the
children. We're working to repair/renovate
the orphanage facilities and bring in special
vocational tutors to prepare the children
for life after the orphanage. As you can tell,
this trip to Georgia was rewarding in many
Again, thanks to all who responded to
my email. If you prefer, you can always snail
me. We'd all like to hear more news from
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Susan Dern Plank
11 Muterfield Ct.
Slingerlands, NY 12159
Weezie Blakeslee Gilpin
8111 Camino del Oro, Unit L
La Jolla, CA 92037
Greetings to all our classmates from Diane
Dale Reiling Joan May Harden and
myself. Susan Dern Plank, after a lovely
long weekend at SBC for Homecoming '07!
We're sorry that more of you couldn't join
us as it was picture-perfect every day, lots
of sunshine. Being on campus is always the
inspiration we need to make plans for our
reunion, just a few months away, on May
In anticipation of that gathering, I'll
mention some information we gleaned while
on campus. As many of you may already
have heard, SBC was listed as "most
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beautiful campus" among the 366 colleges
ranked (albeit unscientifically) by the 2008
Princeton Review. In another survey on
national student engagement, both seniors
and first year students were polled and for
the 3rd year in a row, SBC ranked in the top
1 0% in every category, from career services
and career opportunities (5th in the nation)
to classroom discussion strongly encourage
to accessibility of professors to recognition
of the high quality of the faculty instructing
them. This semester 221 new students
were enrolled, a class size 50% larger
than the average 4 yrs ago. The plan is for
an average sized class of 240 students in
coming years. For a change, a majority of
those enrolling are from VA, but 23 states
and 2 countries are represented among the
first year students. 2 of the young women
are from Afghanistan, originally headed for
Harvard until their sponsoring organization
visited SBC and saw all it had to offer.
And, in what may be a 1st for our class,
we have a legacy daughter among the first
year students! Emily Barton, daughter of Pat
Hite Barton, is a member of the Class of
'11! There are also 1 5 MAT. students on
campus, a good beginning for the program.
With this number of students on campus,
there's a need for dorm space, especially for
those wanting an apartment-type setting, so
that's on the "wish list" for the Dean of Co-
Curricular Life. Among the newer features
of current dorm life are floors devoted to
ecology and international studies, as well as
academically oriented housing. Additionally,
a campaign is underway for expansion and
improvements of the athletic facilities for all
students, whether or not they are part of a
team. Towards that end, before proposed
construction begins on the gym (which will
start when fundraising is completed), the
fitness and wellness equipment has been
upgraded. Proposals for the new athletic
facility include a movie theater and a snack
bar to make it more of a gathering spot for
students. Students are participating in a
new program which awards a "Leadership
Certificate Program" at the end of a 3-year
curriculum, which provides a structured
way for students to gain experience and
receive credit for academic and experiential
learning. It stresses both personal growth
(including communication skills, time
management and ethical decision making)
and group projects which involve teamwork.
Read more about this innovative program
on the college's website and the magazine.
It was good to hear that the college has
halved the amount of revenues it relies on
from the endowment, despite the fact that
income from tuition and other fees account
for only 60 cents of every dollar spent on
a student. The plan is to wean the college
from its dependence on the endowment to
balance the budget. Other enhancements
planned for existing facilities include
renovations at the library and the Pannell Art
Gallery so that climate controls are in place
to protect historic books and works of art
on paper. The last campaign raised $1 1 1
million, with 87% of alumnae participating.
This past year, reunion classes raised
$1 .1 million for the college's Annual Fund.
Indiana Fletcher Williams' farsightedness,
courage and passion for women's education
continue its 1 10 year legacy in the
generosity of current alumnae. Things are
happening thanks to your philanthropy!
An exciting part of the weekend was the
Sat. afternoon session on "Moving Tusculum
Home." The childhood home of Maria
Antoinette Crawford, Indiana Fletcher's
mother, Tusculum was built in the mid-18th
century and remained intact, with virtually all
of its original features, despite generations
of use. It is considered one of the oldest and
most architecturally significant dwellings
in the Virginia Piedmont, according to
Kathleen Kilpatrick 76, director of the
Virginia Department of Historic Resources.
Recently it was slated for demolition, but
the current property owners allowed various
groups time to do archaeological field work,
document the structure "in situ" and plan
for its preservation. A bold decision was
made to reconnect the structure with its
family and move it to the SBC campus. It
was disassembled over several months
by Timothy Robinson and his crew at
Heartland Millwork and Restoration. Now
safely stored in the SBC Dairy barn, the
house will be reconstructed on a new
site below Sweet Briar House, near the
athletic fields on the road to Sweet Briar
Lake, only a few miles from its original
location. It will be used for future programs
combining historic preservation, education,
state and local history. A historic treasure
whose architectural elements are said to
rival Monticello and Montpelier (President
James Madison's retirement home), it is
indeed visionary of all those at SBC and
within other state agencies and preservation
groups to create a new use for this unique
building when it was difficult initially to
see beyond the vegetation that covered
the exterior walls. This is one example of
the things we see each time we return to
campus and realize how vibrant and current
the college is on all fronts. Come and see
for yourselves in May!
On a sad note. I must report the deaths
of several classmates. Marcia (Marcy)
Stanley Verses death was reported to the
Alumnae Office, but a sympathy note sent to
her last known address in Walpole, NH was
returned by the post office.
Karen Nielsen Grammaticus died
in early 8/07, on Cape Cod after battling
ovarian cancer. She was the office manager
for her husband's medical practice. Her
hobbies included reading (which resulted
in "an encyclopedic knowledge of English
literature"), gourmet cooking and gardening.
She is survived by her mother, husband
Andrew, a son and a daughter, as well as
Kathy Williams Stant of Richmond,
VA died 8/24/07. She is survived by her
husband, Vernon, and many cousins.
Lillian Battle Dugger London s
husband, Steven London, recently generously
endowed a scholarship at SBC in her
memory. The criteria for awarding it reflect
her passion for art and their shared memories
of returning to college for degrees at later
points in their lives. The scholarship is to be
awarded to a mature student residing in VA
and majoring in art or engineering, Steven's
original vocation. He was able to join us for
Homecoming and we could easily understand
how a chance meeting when Lili was looking
for an apartment— aided by double rainbows
over the NYC skyline — became the love of a
lifetime. Although Homecoming was his first
visit to the campus, he succumbed quickly to
Other life-changing events are occurring
in our classmates' lives Weezie Blakeslee
Gilpin moved cross-country from Milton,
MA to La Jolla, CA to take a new job. She's
now the Dean of Students at The Bishop's
School there, a day school of 725, grades
7-12. Congratulations to her! Unfortunately
this means she won't be able to attend
reunion as the school's graduation is just
a week later. Weezie writes, "Having lived
on the east coast my entire life, this move
was prompted by a desire for an adventure
and the opportunity to live in another part of
the U.S. Bob and I drove 3,800 mi. cross-
country in late Jul. and are living H block
from the beach in an apartment provided
by the school for my 1 st year here. Bob's
business as an educational consultant is
booming and requires him to be bi-coastal
(that either sounds sophisticated or crazy)
and he is out here about 1 days at a time.
Alexa (30) is finishing up a few missing
credits at Hood Coll. Blake (28) is in the
final stages of his Ph.D. dissertation and is
applying for teaching jobs for the fall of '08.
I'm hoping he ends up on the west coast.
Christopher (25) is at Rye Country Day as
head of the squash program and as a 2nd
grade assistant teacher. He's working on
his master's in early childhood education at
Bank Street School in NYC." When I asked
Weezie about the wildfires in her area, she
said some of the families who have children
in her school have lost their homes, but
LaJolla is far enough away that she is only
affected by the ash and smoke smell. Both
Weezie and Jill Hepinstall are happy to be
on the Reunion Committee.
Diane Dale Reiling has had a busy
few months preparing one home for sale;
then after a quick sale the family moved
to a rental briefly during the closing and
then moved into a new home they had
found. With her son Steve graduating from
Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, NY,
and daughter Erica at Seattle Pacific U.,
she and Chuck decided to downsize with
both children more or less out of the nest.
Their timing was perfect based on what
has happened subsequently in the housing
market. A tour of New England was planned
for late Sept. to celebrate their anniversary
and Chuck's milestone birthday.
Joan May Harden and her husband
had a lovely trip to Napa Valley in Oct. — lots
of vintages to sample! Her mother-in-law
moved in with them in mid-summer from
FL so everyone is adjusting to rearranged
spaces. They visited their grandson for his
1st birthday at their daughter's home in
Northern VA. Whenever possible, they spend
a weekend at their cabin near Lexington,
where husband Richard and 2 of their 3
children graduated from W & L.
Lucinda Young Larson had a lovely
reception at her home for President
Muhlenfeld when she visited the Boston
area this spring ('07), attended by about
50 alums. She's busy as the treasurer for
the volunteer associates at the Museum of
Fine Arts and the Milton Garden Club. Older
son Robert graduated from Furman with a
B. S. in math and economics. He spent the
summer working for the family business and
is now branching out to design websites.
Younger son Andrew is a senior at Milton
Academy and is in the throes of applying to
colleges with architectural programs. She
and her family enjoy their 2nd home in the
Charleston, SC area as often as possible.
Lucinda often sees Trisha Greenberg 74
when they're there.
Glenys Dyer Church recently
celebrated 25 years with Northrop
Grumman (successor to TRW). In honor
of the occasion, she and husband Doug
were flown to a company dinner in NYC,
which they enjoyed very much. Her latest
assignment involves a project for the IRS,
whose offices are at the end of the orange
line on the Metro, but feels fortunate she
doesn't have to commute by car. She's very
glad she went to SBC as she was a math
major, and as there were often just 6-8
students in her classes. She hopes to see
Barb Cain Hegarty Lyn Fisher Cortright
and Kathy Waters Marshall (whose
husband, Lawson, had died not long before
we gathered in May '03) at reunion in just
a few short weeks, and especially any other
classmates who haven't returned to campus
Betsy Thayer made a courageous
career change. She completed her degree at
the U. NE and now has a masters in social
work. Her elder daughter graduated from
CT Coll. in 5/06 and started a new job with
the Small Business Administration in DC in
fall '07. Her younger daughter is deferring
college for a year. She hopes to see Candy
Sheffield Neilson, Chris Sherwood
Warner and Sharon Sanders Williams al
In Oct Betsy Meric Gambrel wrote
that she, Magee Leigh and Lisa Fowler
Winslow are planning to attend reunion.
Jane Lowrry Tierney may also. She
strongly encourages Lisa Slatten and
Dessa Rutter to do the same, although
Dessa will be a newlywed!
Living in Senoia, GA, Alison Baker
works as the studio manager for Gary
Gruby Studio. Gary, Alison's husband, is
a photographer. Dylan is a junior at GA
Southern U. and Jesse is a freshman at GA
I talked with Mac Cuthbert Langley in
Mt. Pleasant, SC. She sounded terrific and,
with her characteristic humor and creativity,
has launched an adult bib enterprise,
TyOneOn, with a friend. Johnny is the Chief
Medical Officer at the East Cooper Regional
Medical Center, owned by Tenet, a job he
loves although it entails frequent travel.
Will lives in Mt. Pleasant and is the parts
manager at a local tire company. Hibernia
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lives in Fredericksburg, VA, for Geico and
has earned several promotions. Cuthbert
is a senior in h.S, and going through the
college process. Mac talked with Lisa
Marshall Chalmers who still lives in
Atlanta and does portrait painting Her son
Marshall is at Harvard Law School and
Elizabeth is a senior at U.GA.
I had lunch with Jane Knutson James
it was tun to catch up. "Little Nuts" is
substituting in the local h.s., a job that
challenges even the leistiest. Michael is
the Deputy Sports Editor ot the LA Times
and an avid goiter. Patrick (26) lives in LA
and is working on a joint M.A. in English
and M.FA In Creative Writing at Chapman
U. while working as Assistant Editor at Good
Magazine. Elizabeth (24) lives in Huntington
Beach, CA and is In nursing school at CSULB.
Nan Robertson Clarke resigned her
job as development director for a small
non-profit last Nov., "a part-time job that
turned out not to be." Then, thinking she
had loads of free time, has over-committed
to community boards and other things.
The groups often put her in charge of their
newsletters, "just a continuation of the SBC
News." She's on the W&L Alumni Board so
is in Lexington several times a year. Jarratt
is teaching, coaching, and dorm parenting
(in boarding school terms, the triple threat)
at the Millbrook School in Millbrook, NY;
Toby is getting a Ph.D. in Molecular Biology/
Genetics at UNC-Chapel Hill; Charlie is at
Wachovia; and Robbie is doing the triple
threat at the Blue Ridge School outside of
Charlottesville. Hal is still at Wachovia, in
the same building as Charlie.
Renee Sterling, Second Vice President
of Wealth Management, Portfolio Manager,
and Financial Advisor at Smith Barney, was
named a SRI Advisor, one of 79 in the U.S.
and is licensed in 1 8 states. She lives in
Dallas and LA and serves on the Dallas
Opera's Board of Trustees. You can see
one of her projects on Sundance Channel-
Socially Responsible Green Advisors.
Mary Beverly Taylor Haque continues
as a Landscape Architect and the Alumni
Distinguished Professor (she didn't volunteer
that information, I found it on Clemson's
website) in Clemson's Dept. of Horticulture.
Husband Imtiaz Haque is a Professor and
Chair of Clemson's Dept. of Mechanical
Engineering. Their 3 children are Noman
(35), Omar (22), and Mariana (20).
Jean Piatt Rospondek lives in
Cinnaminson, NJ, with husband Stanley J
Rospondek, a retired address management
specialist with USPS. Jean remains active as
a golf professional with the LPGA. Jessica
Spencer Pace (26), in Scottsville, VA, outside
of Charlottesville, teaches 2nd grade. She
has 2 children: Colin (3) and Grayson (1).
Kathryn (Katie, 24) works for the American
Cancer Society in Boston.
Susan Craig celebrated the 25th
anniversary of her design firm. Congrats!
Her older son is a junior at Davidson;
younger son is a sophomore at the Coll.
of Charleston. She plans to come back
for reunion, but would especially make an
effort if Jane McCutcheon McFadden
and Robin Harmon O'Neil do — ladies, we
look forward to seeing all 3 of you in a lew
I, Susan Dern Plank, continue with
several volunteer activities related to
education and the environment. Our
daughter Elena finished at Dickinson Coll.
and is job searching from home. David
continues as an engineering consultant
with Ihe Gordian Group, having spent much
of the spring and summer with clients in
Baltimore and Ha/risburg, PA. We enjoyed
2 trips to Belize this year. Our stay in Jan.
was so relaxing that we decided to return in
Jun. to celebrate David's 55th birthday and
our 30th anniversary. We were relieved that
Hurricane Dean spared the island and its
people from the worst! One fun thing: Pinkie
Wornham '51 is a former faculty member
at my new school, The Bishop's School. In
addition, she has grandchildren who attend
Milton Academy, my former school, as well
as Bishop's, my current school.
Block out that weekend of May 16th-
1 8th, '08 now as it will be wonderful to
reconnect with each other and get to know
other classmates better. See you soon back
at "The Patch"!
Ms. Hannah Pillsbury
7132 W Tamarack Ct
Mequon, Wl 53092
124 Lakeview Avenue
Lantana, FL 33462
I'm late with class notes this year. Please
excuse tardiness. On 5/1 3/07, Mothers'
Day, my father suddenly passed away.
Although I had dreaded this event for years,
I'm thankful for the wonderful relationship
I had with him and for the memories that
keep me going even when I'm not sure I
can go on. Dad was buried with full military
honors in Arlington National Cemetery
on 8/6/07. 1 gave the eulogy in the Fort
Myer Chapel. A caisson drawn by 6 horses
conveyed Dad to his final resting place. The
ceremony was beautiful and dignified — the
way Dad told me he wanted it to be. Life
without him is empty and cold, but I keep
him alive in my heart and mind. I stay busy
at my church, where I sing in the choir. Last
year, I took the Stephen Ministry training
course and was commissioned as a Stephen
Minister in Aug. On 10/11/06, 1 became a
great aunt when my niece Ashley (21) gave
birth to Michael John Carpenter III.
From Franklin, VA, Betsy Brooks Jones
writes that daughter Brownrigg married
Rob Snow in May. They live in Arlington.
Brownrigg is a speech pathologist at the
National Rehabilitation Hospital in D.C. Son
Thomas is pursuing his Ph.D. at Cambridge
in England. "Yes, I know," says Betsy. "He
is smart and funny and great to be with."
Recently, Betsy visited Patty O'Mallcy
Brungcr In i lallas, She accompanied Ellen
Harrison Saunders and in i daugl
Grace to ME, where they visited Ellen's
Maiy Carson. Betsy states
that Ellen is a young mom and makes those
with her feel young as well. "We tried to
fit Into our jeans and stay hip with Ellen's
daughters. ..ouch! That was hard!"
"I'm busier not working than I was while
working!" states Catherine Cranston
Whitham. Still in Richmond, she does
fundraising and development work on
2 boards of non-profits, planning a
centennial celebration at another benevolent
organization, and reading to 3rd graders
at an inner-city school. Catherine finds it
pleasant and rewarding to work with Ellen
Harrison Saunders on a fundraising
project for a statewide non-profit. Husband
Whit still practices banking law and plays
scratch golf whenever he can. Son Craig
works on The Hill for a VA congressman.
Daughter Ann, who received her MA in
urban and environmental planning at UVA,
works for a transportation planning firm in
Charlottesville. When not busy with volunteer
work, Catherine relaxes in Cashiers, NC,
where Carroll Waters Summerour and
husband Toby live. Recently ordained as an
Episcopal priest, Toby has been called as
Associate Rector at the Church of the Good
Shepherd. The summer ours enjoy living in
Cashiers, whose year-round residents are
delighted to have Toby in the pulpit. Carroll
transferred away from SBC after sophomore
year and married Toby soon after.
Maria Jones Tisdale and husband
George live in Richmond and have 2
daughters: Sara, a UVA graduate, and Anna,
a first-year at VCU in Richmond. Sara works
in DC for U.S. News and World Report. Maria
and George are beginning to experience the
empty-nest lifestyle. They got 2 cats to help
fill the emptiness.
Carol Leslie St. John says life is good
in Essex Falls, NJ. Oldest son Bryan (26)
lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina, where
he works for a private equity firm. Son
Kevin (24) works for Credit Suisse in San
Francisco, while the youngest, Harry, is
spending a semester in Australia. Harry is a
junior and a lacrosse player at W&L. Carol
and husband Tommy spent the summer at
Jersey Shore. Martha French Roberts
and daughter Malone, a sophomore at SBC,
visited them for a week, as did Lizanne
Fisher. Carol was going to see Kathie
Shirk Gonnick at the beach. Carol had
lunch in NYC with Mary Henningsen
Collins Dorsey Tillett Northrup
Roseanne Toppin Cranz and her charming
daughter, Foster. Carol's interior design
business keeps her busy. She planned to
spend Thanksgiving in CA with Kev. The
entire family will be with Bryan in Argentina
Patty O'Malley Brunger lives in
Richardson, TX. She says, "Our sons are out
in the world and doing well, for which we
are grateful." She had a wonderful visit
with Betsy Brooks Jones in spring. "It's
amazing," observes Patty, "that we went
from being friends in school to being women
Ginny Shipe Cameron i ulebrated the
ii nf inn family business in Severna
Park, MD, this year. They've moved to a
new facility wl
huge anniversary party on 9/21 . Glnny was
fortunate to have her uncle (88) and father
(82) In attendance, along with suppliers,
friends, employees and former employees.
Ginny's grandfather started the cori'i
1 907. Both sons work for the company.
Polly Shriver Kochan Is about to begin
a new job at St. Christopher's Hospital in
Philadelphia. There, she will join a group
of 5 "other fantastic pediatric radiologists."
Temple U. Children's Medical Center, Polly's
former workplace, is closing. Husband
Jeff is still Director of Interventional
Neuroradiology at Temple and still "working
too hard!" They dream of early retirement
in Jackson Hole, WY, where they have land
on which they'll start building their cabin in
spring. Older son Michael is employed as a
financial analyst at IMS Health Consortium
in the Philly area. He is applying to business
schools. His 1st choice is Garden at UVA.
Younger son is in his 2nd year at H-SC.
From Newport Beach, CA, Patti Tucker
O'Desky writes that she visited Charleston,
SC, this year. While there, she had cocktails
on the boat on which she stayed with Anne
Coggswell Burris and Wendy Wise
Routh. The visit from Wendy was a surprise,
for she happened to be in Charleston
helping her son move into his dorm at Coll.
of Charleston, where he is a first-year. "It
was great to see both of them and we all
decided that we are exactly the same as
we were in 1 971 when we met on 2nd
floor of Meta Glass!" Patti's niece, Mallory
Sherwood, is a junior at SBC. Daughter Ally,
a student at Wellesley in MA, is spending
her junior year at U. Coll. London. Son
Charley, h.s. senior, is applying to colleges.
He hopes to go to the east coast. Patti
enjoys golfing and, with husband Billy, will
soon celebrate her 30th anniversary.
Thanks to all who wrote and who
expressed sympathy over the death of my
father. Since I've heard from only a few
of you, I urge the rest of you to send me
your news! I'll have them ready for the
next issue. I realize that not everybody has
e-mail. If you don't, call me or contact me
by snail mail. I'll take submissions any
time. Hope everyone is well. You make me
happy with your positive, upbeat outlook on
life. I'm proud to claim you as friends. God
Mrs. Clarke H. Crenshaw, Sr.
1216 Cedar Point Dr
Virginia Beach, VA 23451
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13550 Heathcote Blvd, Apt 455
Gainesville, VA 201 55
Patti Wornom Henry-Arnold is working
for the Air Force Library System in the
Azores. She'll return to San Antonio TX in
5/08. Chaz (24) lives and works in San
Antonio; Ashley (21) is in nursing school
at TX Tech in Lubbock. Sean (18) is in his
senior year of h.s. Patti says she "feels old."
Stephanie Maxson Kenyon is in her
4th year of teaching; her husband retired
from teaching but substitutes often. Oldest
Jay entered h.s. this year and is the star
catcher on a travel baseball team. Youngest
Mike plays lacrosse and loves 6th grade.
Stephanie says, "We were able to spend 3
wks at the family home in ME this summer.
What a treat! Other than that, we're going
through home improvement hell, into our
4th week without a working kitchen."
Becky Mayer Gutierrez says son
George is getting married to Alison in
7/08. Anthony and Tara expect a baby in
3/08; Michael is a junior in h.s., doing
well academically and in sports. Becky still
teaches 4th grade and says, "I enjoy my job
and love my family. I'm extremely busy but
loving it. My sons and Alison, Tara, and I went
to Disney World in FL this Aug., a stupendous
time."(Becky doesn't recommend the FL
summer heat for young children!)
Laurie Fitzgerald Nowlan is in her
1 1 th year as director of Admissions at
Country Day School of the Sacred Heart
in Bryn Mawr, PA. Her 2 oldest graduated
college, work, and live on their own in
NYC and Philadelphia. She has a son at
Georgetown U., and their youngest is a
junior in h.s., so she's realizing an empty
nest is drawing nearer. She and Pat still
play lots of tennis and paddle tennis despite
"advancing years." She sends her best to
all, "especially those BUMS!"
Carta Kinney Reiniger writes that
Heather (19) is a sophomore at U.FL in
Gainesville where she's happy. Heather
performed with an Independent World class
finalist Winter Guard and has marched color
guard for 2 seasons with a Canton OH-
based Drum & Bugle Corps, the Bluecoats.
Carla joined the Bluecoats in Boise, ID, and
traveled with them for 2 weeks, helping
serve 4 meals a day to 1 80 kids, taking
uniforms to commercial Laundromats and
anything else needed. She slept on air
mattresses on h. s. classroom floors, took
tepid showers, and traveled/slept on buses,
to accompany Heather and the squad to
the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, CA. Younger
daughter Mallory (1 2) is in 7th grade, loves
school, has lots of friends. Carla's husband
works from home for AT&T on their VoIP
offering. Carla loves being a stay-at-home
mom in Safety Harbor FL. She doesn't hear
from classmates much, but always reads
class notes to catch up.
Vera Blake Thiers attended a mini-
reunion at Rehobeth Beach in 9/07 with
Angela Scully KC Carnwath Linda
Guardabassi and Cindy Webb Kan
Anderson '76 joined in. Vera began a
full-time job as manager of marketing and
outreach for the Frankfurt Int'l School. Paul
studies economics in Cologne and Kate,
biotechnology in Munich. Vera would love to
see any SBCers who come through.
Robin Holman Grubbs is in her 20th
year of teaching 1 st grade in Paducah, KY,
and hopes to retire in 2 years. She spends
time traveling in the summer and hopes to
travel more after retirement.
Phooi-Ching Lai has an empty nest
now that her younger daughter started at
UVA in 8/07; her older daughter is a junior '
at Princeton. She and her hubby hope to see
both daughters in Dec, and Phooi hopes to
connect with Linda Uhlein
Debbie Koss McCarthy writes that
Courtney married 12/31/06 with Carrington
Brown Wise 76 as the soloist — she sang
Mozart's Laudate Dominum, which she also
sang in Debbie and David's wedding. Alex
graduated from UVA and works in NYC;
Courtney and husband live in Atlanta. David
took early retirement and is consulting at
UNC Chapel Hill. Debbie loves running the
Augustine Literacy Project which trains
tutors to teach low income children to read,
write, and spell. Debbie and David returned
home from a trip to AK to celebrate their
And, I, Sally Bonham Mohle. enjoy
being your secretary again! You all probably
saw the news story recently about Barack
Obama being a cousin of Dick Cheney?
When I saw the name of their common
ancestor, Mareen Duvall, I recognized it — he
was my great x8 grandfather. In playing with
my genealogy software I discovered that
Sen. Obama is my 8th cousin once removed
and VP Cheney is my 9th cousin — which
gives me quite a chuckle on both counts.
I'm sure if we go back far enough, we're all
related somehow. Pete and I attended the
SBC 30th reunion in 5/07 — a great time
despite the small turnout — I hope to see
more of you in 5 years!
<f^u*Uo^ 2008: Tfloy 16-18, 3.008
Mrs. John Daniel Kelley
(Paula Jennifer Brown)
10617 Donovans Hill Drive
Fairfax Station, Virginia 22039
Ms. Janet Marie Rakoczy
10135 Glenmere Road
Fairfax, Virginia 22032
It was wonderful to hear from so many
classmates! E-mail has allowed us to read
amazing updates from 78ers during the
past 5 years. Frequent comments included:
"life is great," "life is a gift," "life is crazy."
We enjoyed reading about your travels,
found out that more of you are empty-
nesters and read an incredible survival
story. We also were excited to read about
2 of our classmates who are engaged, one
of whom will be married by the time these
notes are published! By now, you have
received information about our upcoming
30th reunion. Please plan on attending May
1 6-1 8, '08, so that we can continue to
solidify the bond our class has to this day!
Edie Baird works as a retail customer
service representative for Wachovia
Bank. She'll resume gardening and yard
work when cooler weather returns. Edie
is involved with her church and with the
Powhatan County Historical Society. She
plans short trips with cousins to delve into
family history. She'll help her grandfather
move near her brother. Her nephews keep
her busy with engagements and h.s. Edie
looks forward to her sister and family visiting
after 9 mos. in Australia. She added, "Things
have been quiet and that's fine with me."
We'll see you at reunion, Edie.
Anne Baldwin Mann and family are
thriving in Jacksonville, FL. Anne reports
the last 5 yrs have been a whirlwind. Anne
has been a "stay-at-home" mom; her
hands are full with kids' activities: varsity
sports, traveling volleyball and lacrosse
teams, college trips to the Northeast and
Southeast from ME to SC, and 2 debutante
seasons. Daughters Caroline (senior) and
Elizabeth (sophomore) attend W&L and
love it! Husband Randall and Anne had
lots of fun making trips to his old stomping
ground (and hers) and have bumped into
Ellen Sellers McDowell and Kathy
Jackson Howe among others. Anne sees
her sister, Janet Baldwin McColloch 79,
there as her niece attends W&L too. Anne
ran into Lochrane Coleman Smith 76 on
several college campus tours with their
daughters, had fun catching up. To celebrate
her daughters' h.s. graduations, Anne's
family took 2 trips to Europe touring Italy,
Switzerland, France, England, and Holland.
One highlight for Anne was her reunion
with her "Dutch father" from her semester
abroad. Her family thought he was such a
character. This spring, Randall and Anne
visited Caroline in Vienna where she spent
a semester abroad; then all 3 traveled to
Budapest and Prague. Randall is doing well
and has been with a private investment
firm for 25 years as an investment advisor.
Aside from family responsibilities, Anne
is busy with volunteering and golf. Fall
of '08 will be a huge change for Anne as
Randall, Jr. will begin college (maybe W&L
too?) and Caroline will pursue her career or
grad school. Anne has heard that being an
"empty nester" is great and expects to have
more time to reconnect with SBC friends.
Carol Baugh Webster celebrated her
4th anniversary of leaving the corporate
rat race to start Cassel International,
her consulting business. Her company
continues to do well concentrating on
international marketing consulting, but
does some marketing work for domestic
companies as well. Carol teaches classes
such as International Marketing and Global
Business Strategies at U. Phoenix. Stepson
Blake graduated from college in May with
a degree in criminal justice. To celebrate,
they went to the Bahamas and had a blast!
Husband, Tim and Carol haven't traveled
much in the last year, still have lots of
places they want to visit. They hope to be
back at it in the future. It is difficult for Carol
to get to all reunions as she is a graduate
or attendee of 4 colleges and universities,
but she would especially love to see again:
Jane Hemenway Sullivan Monte Costa
Dana Dotten Endicott. Sally Polson-
Slocum and Mickie Gupton McKelway
Those folks came to mind immediately, but
she's sure there are others! How about it
ladies, will we see you at reunion?
Barbara Behrens Peck and family
returned to their home in NC this summer
after living in Hong Kong for the past 2
yrs — a great experience for the family.
Daughters Sarah (17, senior) and Haley (13,
8th grade), attended the Hong Kong Int'l
School, loved it. Jeff worked in Hong Kong
and traveled throughout Southeast Asia,
and Barbara had a fabulous time living as
an expat, taking classes, tours, painting,
and making wonderful new friends. The
family traveled to mainland China, Thailand,
Vietnam, Indonesia, and Cambodia. They're
all thankful to have had the opportunity
to travel to parts of the world they never
would have seen. Back in Greensboro and
happy to be home, they're making their way
through the college application process.
This summer Barbara reconnected with
several friends from the class of 78. She
and Maria Rixey Gamper laughed from
the airport to Kathy Jackson Howe's
beach house on Figure Eight in NC. Robin
Jones Eddy Liz Day Dalrymple, and
Dru Springer Oswalt were there. It was
hilarious and fun and seemed like no time
had passed. "How can it be that it has been
almost 30 (!) years?"
Mimi Borst Quillman moved to
Birchrunville (Chester County, PA) last
summer. Thank goodness things calmed
down after the bridge almost washed
away twice and they had numerous power
outages. Mimi is still getting used to the
drive to the store, but likes the peacefulness
of the country. Travis graduated from SC
in Aug. and will most likely head back
down south to job hunt and watch more
Gamecock football. Ian, a junior at JMU, is
spending the semester in Antwerp. Mimi
had a fun get-together with Mary Goodwin
Gamper and Meg Richards Weiderseim
at the Jersey Shore. Mary's daughter Liz is
3rd year at UVA and Carrie is a freshman
at Denver. Jackie is practically home alone.
Meg's daughter, Elizabeth, graduated from
NYU and has a job in NYC with a Broadway
talent agency and Billy is a freshman at
George Washington. Meg is chairman of
the Devon Horse Show ticket office so
Mimi sees her when she volunteers. Mimi,
Ginny Craig and Leith Colton Derish met
in Sante Fe last summer for some hiking,
margaritas, and catching up. She sees Katie
Keough Weidner '88 for dog play dates
and Eagles games as she lives just M mi.
away. Mimi works part time at an Education
Foundation and women's fitness center
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called InShape (that way she forces herself
to work out).
Melanie Bowen Steglich worked the
August Market at the World Trade Center
and survived Dallas' 100° plus heat. 2 labs.
Molar (9) and Doc (3) keep Melanie and
Lee laughing. Melanie and Lee traveled
to Monterey, Mexico in Jan. for a TIME
Ministries Board Meeting where they visited
the new children's home and were so
excited to see the finished project 1 They look
forward to Lee's dental meeting at the Del
Coronado in San Diego where Lee will be
busy with lectures and Melanie gets to play!
They joined a gourmet supper club and have
fun trying out new and different recipes.
Melanie is so proud ot Ann Thrash Jones
daughter, Mary Pat '08, who was named
'07-08 Alumna Daughter Scholar. Congrats
to Ann and Mary Pat! Melanie looks forward
to seeing her classmates at reunion. "Ain't
we great! The Class of 78!" See you in May!
Lee Carollo Boyes teaches science
at the h.s. in Petaluma, CA. Son Robert
got his teaching credential this year and
teaches h.s. humanities, like mother, like
son! While visiting Robert's new school in
San Diego, Lee went to lunch with Tricia
Mason Terraneo (her SBC roommate),
engaged to be married next summer to her
long time honey who has 2 teenage boys.
Lee's consulting work (improving air quality
through teaching curriculum to teachers)
took her to China the last 2 summers, and
she heads to India this summer. Lee will
be in Delhi and plans to see the Taj Mahal.
Lee comments, "The interesting thing about
this work is being able to compare notes
with teachers around the world." Lee and
husband Greg hope to buy a place in AK
where they have been vacationing. They
enjoy fishing, going back in time about 100
yrs and being away from the frantic pace
of CA. "It is very rustic." Greg and Lee will
travel to New Zealand this year to visit a
friend Lee met in St. Andrews on her junior
Paula Brown Kelley and family joined
Liz Williams, husband Chuck Woodworth
and their friend Tom for Thanksgiving
weekend '06 in Avon, NC. The Kelleys,
along with Paula's mother, drove through a
nor'easter storm to get to Hatteras Island.
Paula and Jack's car (fortunately, an SUV)
was one of the last allowed on the island!
Their holiday weekend turned out to be
adventurous but fun as everyone alternated
between candles and power. Jack brewed
coffee on the grill! In Dec. Paula was invited
to join Michelle Youree Hostler and her
mother for lunch with their women's club
in Fairfax. In Apr. the Kelleys took a Disney
cruise to the Caribbean. Yes, they did see a
Johnny Depp look-a-like in the form of Jack
Sparrow; she has pictures! The weather was
perfect, the food plentiful, and the snorkeling
in Nassau was enjoyed by all. Paula saw
Carey Johnson Fleming this summer
when she came through town on her way to
NY with her family. Paula often sees Janet
Rakoczy at church and enjoyed attending a
play with Janet at GMU. One of their favorite
activities is organizing all of the class notes!
Paula's children, JP (15) and Genny (12),
stay active with school, sports, scouts, and
music. Paula's business, Kelley Commercial
Real Estate, Inc. celebrates its 10 year
anniversary in '08! Paula looks forward to
catching up with classmates at reunion.
Carol Cordell Mullins is fine and life is
quiet as their only child left lor college this
summer. Charlie is a freshman at U. KS.
Carol hopes to help celebrate our 30th!
For those who may have missed il In
last winter's magazine, we thought this
news about Cannie Crysler Shafer
warrants attention. At Homecoming '06,
Cannie was inducted as one of 9 graduates
into the first class of SBC Athletic Hall
of Fame. She is the 1st recipient of the
Crysler award bearing her name. It honors
a senior 4-year athlete who demonstrates
athletic achievement, service to sport and
sportsmanship. Way to go Cannie!
In the last year Liz Day Oalrymple
visited with Betsy Ryan Glenn, Eve
Jackson London Catherine Taylor
Moore. Kathy Howe Maria Rixey
Camper Robin Eddy Barbara Behrens
Peck and Dru Oswalt. Liz commented
it is "always such a thrill to get together
with old friends from SBC." Life is great in
Pinehurst. Daughter Sumner is a junior at
Chatham Hall where she's into field hockey
and soccer. Since it's just down Rte. 29 from
SBC, Liz enjoys having reason to be in that
area again. Son Jack is an 8th grader at
the local m.s. and into golf and boy scouts.
Husband Chris runs their men's shop and
plays golf. Liz works part time in a yarn
shop, loves it and loves to knit, too. With half
an empty nest, Liz stays busy with volunteer
work in their schools and church. Liz "can't
wait until reunion." She hopes everyone will
make a big effort to come!
Cecelia Garcia Tunon Lear wrote a
newsy account of her family's life in Bangor,
ME. Son Fred plays football for John Baptist
Memorial High School, participates in choir
and acts in plays. He is working on his Eagle
Scout award, hoping to achieve Eagle status
soon. He stays active in YMCA and town
sports, church, and has a girlfriend. Fred
attended wrestling camp last summer at
Ohio State. Cecie was delighted to catch up
with Muffy Hamilton Parsons by phone
when in OH. In addition, Fred will soon be
driving! He delivers newspapers, works as
a skate guard at a skating rink, and has his
own all-season lawn care business. Cecie
and Steve volunteer at Fred's school and
love being involved in all of his activities.
Cecie also writes about the '07 Senior
League World Series held in Bangor where
Fred translated for the Venezuelan team.
The championship played in a baseball park
built for kids by the Lears' neighbor, Stephen
King! Sometimes Cecie feels like she's in a
movie when she sits in, what sounds and
looks like, an amazing ball park just down
the street. She works from home, writes
technical proposals for Carlson Wagonlit
Travel/SatoTravel for civilian, government
and military travel contracts. The family
loves their home which, Cecie says fondly,
"we'll be fixing up for the rest of our natural
lives." Steve had a "midlile crisis" in the
form of a complete career change. He's
selling real estate, and Cecie has never
seen him happier work-wise. In addition
to selling irMdential and commercial real
estate throughout ME, he's a member of the
Historic Real Estate Program ol the National
Trust for Historic Preservation. He loves his
workshop in his garage and continues to
produce extraordinary pieces. Cecie and
family are active in the ME Chapter of the
MS Society and participate in the annual
The lure of a boyfriend at the Citadel
(now her husband of almost 30 years),
caused Vicki Hewitt Causey to transfer
back to U. SC from which she graduated in
77. Although she spent only one semester
at SBC, some of you made a lasting
impression on her. Vicki remembers Lucy
Moore Julie Pfautz Bodenstab. and
"someone from Nashville who was really
nice and tried to keep a kitten which kept
getting out." OK who needs to fess up?
Vicki recalls that the 4th floor seemed to be
referred to as "The Convent" because no
boys were allowed. She remembers a few
too many road trips to W&L, H-SC, and UVA,
and wonders where time has gone! Vicki
muses: "It seems funny I can remember
something that far back and I have trouble
recalling what I did last week!" Vicki and
David have 4 daughters. She ran into her
old roommate. Debbie Paden, about 14 yrs
ago at a summer camp in NC where Debbie
was helping with the riding program.
Jamie Murray Soper is fine in central
MA on her farm. She and husband Jack
have "tons of kids of all ages" on the farm
all the time so they aren't lonely at all! With
3 dogs, 5 cats, 10 beef cows, 5 horses,
goats, and chickens, they have very few
dull moments. Jamie works part time for
Pier 1 , loves it. Their house renovation is
coming along. Jamie and Jack hope to be
done with the 2nd floor by winter. She looks
forward to restoring the ancient stencils.
Jamie planned to spend Labor Day weekend
with her sister Meri and her family on Cape
Cod. She closes by sharing that, "every day
is a gift!"
Jamie's sentiments hit home when we
read Betsy Hurley Deimels news. She
had a "wild" year. After 1 8 yrs of marriage,
she experienced the upheaval of a divorce
and had a brain aneurysm in 9/06. She was
hospitalized for 6 mos. and was air lifted
to Pittsburgh to intensive care from Erie!
During her recovery, she had to learn how
to swallow, stand, walk, talk and more. She
takes nothing for granted anymore. She's
thrilled to be alive for her daughter (1 6) who
needs a "noisy" mother in her life. Betsy
looks forward to seeing everyone at reunion.
Everyone is special in her world.
Wendy Igleheart Walker will volunteer
to serve on the Reunion Giving Committee.
She intrigued us with her comment about
a fundraising idea her husband originated,
but she's concerned it might not fly with the
administration. We're putting her in touch
with Cannie Crysler Shafer and we'll see
what shakes out.
Ann Key Lucas definitely plans to
had a busy summer starting with Bii
h.s. graduation. Son John heads off to U
Dayton. They're thrilled with his choice. He'll
continue to play ice hockey; he just returned
from a great experience with an exhibition
team in Slovakia. William (16) and it
attended camp in MN where William was
an LT. Ann took a vacation this summer and
visited the Dalmatian Coast and Croatia,
"truly fabulous." Now that her youngest is
at the age where Ann doesn't need to be so
available (or let's say, at an age where he
doesn't want her around), Ann returned to
her prior position in the mail order industry.
She's with Home Decorators Collection as
Director of Inventory Control, loved it then,
loves it now. While Ann was in Europe,
a group of St. Louis gals got together in
Harbor Springs, Ml. incl. Peggy Stryker
Home Ann missed the trip, but Peggy was
there, and looks great. She has one out of
college, with her youngest still in college.
Barbara Minnig Croghan lives in
Annandale, VA. Oldest son Christopher,
now a Lance Corp. in the Marines, returned
from a deployment in Iraq. Oldest daughter
Kathleen attends a 4-year program at U.
St. Louis at their Madrid Campus in Spain.
Barbara assures us that Kathleen "is
leading a hard life." 3rd child David (13)
will be in 8th grade, loves basketball and
is playing his 1st year of football. Youngest
daughter Caroline is in her last year of elem.
Husband Greg is principal of Edison h. s.
in Alexandria. Barbara describes herself as
a "Superior Domestic Goddess." Hopefully
the family will move to NC or SC when Greg
retires next summer. Barbara looks forward
to leaving Northern VA.
Susan Negaard Harley and family will
move to Geneva, Switzerland for her 2-year
assignment with Cardinal Health. Susan
is Director of International Marketing for
one of the businesses and with a recent
restructuring will be relocating to do the
job there. The Harley family will live in a
nice big house overlooking Lake Leman
with lots of guest rooms for company.
They're looking forward to the experience. If
you're ever in the area, plan to visit. Susan
hopes to be back for reunion and just may
qualify for "longest distance traveled." She
communicates with Margaret Laurent
Gordy Leigh Ramsay Simmons, and
Betsy Wood often. They had a mini reunion
in C'ville last summer, a nice time.
For Mary Page Stewart. 07 has
been as crazy as anticipated. Daughter
Ellie graduated from Bucknell in May and
landed a cool job in NYC in Ann Taylor's
corporate office; she's thrilled. Geordie
graduated from Gilman in Jun. and will be
a freshman at Davidson in the fall. Days
after his graduation, Mary left for a painting
workshop in Provence, France; "it was
fabulous." Bob, Ellie, and Geordie joined her
at the end of the session and spent 2 wks
traveling through Provence and Northern
Italy. Then they flew to Scotland, so the kids
could get in touch with their Stewart roots.
Upon return, Mary and Ellie packed up and
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moved her to NY! Then the rest were off to
Mary's family reunion in ME. Following that,
Mary had a couple of weeks to take Geordie
to Davidson; then set up her art room as she
will teach m. s. this fall! While life is good,
Mary looks forward to settling down a little!
Mary can't wait for our 30th and wonders
if SBC will put us in a different dorm. We'll
Julie Pfautz Bodenstab can't believe
it's time for a 30th reunion, "We can't be
that old!" Julie and Mark, empty nesters, live
in West Chester, PA, with dog Tucker. They
moved last Nov. from a big neighborhood
to more rural property, complete with a
barn. They're having fun restoring the
property, which was vacant and overgrown.
Julie hadn't had poison ivy since Girl
Scouts! She works full time at Longwood
Gardens in the Education Department in
the Continuing Education program. When
not home pruning, clearing, or weeding,
she plays golf. Son Phillip lives and workes
in CT since graduating from Gettysburg
Coll. 2 yrs ago. He has taken up sailing on
Long Island Sound. Peter is in his senior
year at Susquehanna (only one more
tuition check to go!). He spent the spring
semester studying abroad in London and
hopes to work in the UK after graduation.
They enjoyed a great trip to London to visit
followed by a few days with Peter in Austria.
Julie missed our 25th reunion, but plans to
be at our 30th.
(Catherine Powell Heller reports all
is well and summer flew by. Her oldest
daughter begins her 2nd year at UVA.
Youngest is a sophomore in h. s. They have
a Havanese puppy to add to the fur family.
They'll begin a major home renovation
in Sept. when they move everything out,
crossing their fingers that the project will
be done in a year. Katherine plans to come
Missy Powell Adams describes
working full time as a "total drag," but with
2 boys in college, she plods on! Philip will
be a sophomore at USC this fall; Whitman
will be a sophomore at U. CO in Boulder.
Both love life. Missy and husband Bubba are
fine. Much to their surprise and delight they
love life as empty nesters. They see Maria
Rixey Gamper Mary Page Stewart, and
Mary Goodwin Gamper often. They're all
in Baltimore. Missy catches up with Helen
Bauer Bruckman Audrey Townsend
Bertram Michelle Tarride Frazier Emily
Dick McAlister and Lizbeth Bowman
from time to time. They meet every few
years somewhere wonderful to laugh
together; a special treat!
Janet Rakoczy has been having a blast
with swing and ballroom dance lessons
and social dancing on the weekends. In
responding to the solicitation for class notes,
Barbara Minnig Croghan discovered
that they lived only a few miles apart, so
Janet and Barb had a nice reunion at a
local restaurant. Janet enjoyed several fun
dinners with Paula Brown Kelley's family,
and Janet and Paula saw Catch 22 at
GMU's Center for the Arts. One of her most
meaningful undertakings in the last year has
been sending care packages to soldiers in
Iraq and Afghanistan through the AnySoldier.
com program. She's moved by their skill,
dedication and courage and was thrilled
to receive a letter from one of the soldiers.
When not dancing or assembling packages,
Janet works as a securities analyst,
volunteers at church and attends Rally
obedience classes with her dog Brandy.
Leigh Ramsay Simmons stays busy
with work, dogs, and family. She and Betsy
Wood get together in C-ville or Richmond
and dream of living in the same town
again. They visited SBC in the spring and
were distressed to see the new gates and
entrance to campus which Leigh describes
as "stark and modern." Leigh wonders if
the driveway was relocated to make way
for the bypass. (We'll be sure to check
out the gates and driveway in May.) After
years of thinking it would never happen,
Leigh took her husband on a quick campus
tour. He wanted to know if there was
good fishing in the boathouse lake. Funny,
Leigh "never ever would have thought
of that!" Leigh's husband introduced her
to kayaking this summer, enjoys it! Their
longest paddle so far was 1 1 mi. on the
James River, and they're "itching" to get
out on the Shenandoah when water levels
rise. Kayaking provides a great opportunity/
excuse for taking photos. They had a
wonderful week in St. Croix after Christmas
for a niece's wedding— a perfect time, as
"winter winds" kept things cool and the
bugs away. Daughter Jenny and husband, in
southern France, had their 1st child Emmie
in mid Jul., so they're grandparents! Skype
phoning and webcams allow them to see
Emmie "live," and they were able to see
Jenny throughout her pregnancy, too! They
head to France for a long visit in Oct., can't
wait. Son Joe is dating a wonderful French
woman who's in C'ville doing doctoral
fellowship work. They are pretty serious, so
Leigh wonders if relocating to France is in
their retirement future. In the small world
department, Leigh discovered that a young
woman at her office has ties to SBC. Her
mom is Director of the Mount St. Angelo's
VA Center for the Creative Arts and her
father is art teacher, Professor Monk. Leigh
looks forward to the big 30th reunion!
Life is crazy for Katie Renaud Baldwin
They live on 80 acres along the Santiam
River in OR. Katie's husband moved the
pets and household goods from AK last Mar.
Katie stayed in AK to finish teaching school.
Following the summer in OR where they are
all pretty busy making the house a home,
daughter Emily and Katie will head back to
AK for Emily's senior year. Husband Cary
and daughter Amanda will stay in OR to take
care of the house. There will be many trips
back and forth this year. Amanda has moved
home to get her feet back on the ground,
work and go to school. The family is off to Ml
for 2 wks to visit Katie's parents, brothers,
and friends. She will see Martha Miller too!
Katie wonders if anyone has heard from
Joan Lightfoot 77 as Katie can't seem to
find her! The SBC address is incorrect. Katie
sends her best to everyone, she enjoys
class notes. She just wishes she lived a little
closer to keep the connections up.
When Anne Riordan Flaherty wrote,
she was in the midst of a 7-week stint of
traveling every weekend to get her children
to language camps, college send-off parties
etc. Daughter Mary started at Denver in the
fall, so Anne headed west for 4 days in Sept.
just as her boys started 8th, 9th, and 1 0th
grades. "It's crazy."
Nancy Robinson Lindberg practices
medicine in CT. She won't be at reunion;
it coincides with her oldest son's college
graduation. He'll be graduating from
Wheaton that Sat. (providing no screw-ups!).
Nancy comments, "nice symmetry though,
30 yrs after my graduation." Son number 2
is entering his sophomore year at Guilford
Coll. in Greensboro, NC, and youngest will
be a junior in h. s. Just in time to start
the college search again. Nancy and her
husband celebrated their 25th anniversary
and her 50th birthday with a vacation to
Switzerland. This hiking trip covered 3
different areas where they experienced
everything from sun to a near blizzard.
Hiking has become their main hobby and
they're slowly making their way through the
list of 4,000 ft mountains in NH. They're at
25, so less than half to go. Nancy was sorry
to see that Miss Sprague passed away. All
these years later she still remembers how
much she "scared the living daylights out of
me." Nancy posits that all the biology majors
probably share similar memories of Plant
Since early May, Carrie Ruda Clark
has been renovating a 1931 co-op unit she
bought in the Cleveland Park area of DC.
She had expected to move in Jul., but the
apartment was an estate and nothing had
been done since 1 940. Carrie describes
playing general contractor on both the unit
and her current house, which she sold
in Sept., while holding a job and being a
mom, as way too ambitious! An emergency
appendectomy 3 wks before the scheduled
move made the whole process all the more
challenging. Hopefully by the time this
reaches you, Carrie will again be healthy,
sane, settled into apartment life in the city,
and enjoying her views of Rock Creek Park.
Her family had several 6/07 graduations.
Son John, a physics major, graduated
from Elon in NC, where he played club
lacrosse (spring and fall!) all 4 years. He's
working as a technical consultant under
a government contract at the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office. He lives across
the Potomac River in VA, just out of arm's
reach. After 5 yrs of boarding school, 4 yrs
of college, and summers working at the
beach, it's wonderful to have him home! Son
Andrew completed his h. s. career with an
exciting spring lacrosse season. His school
only had a team for 4 years and they were
undefeated this season until the last game.
Andrew's brother, John, was assistant
coach. Andrew is taking a gap year with a
Dynamy internship in Worcester, MA. Fall of
'08 he plans on entering High Point (NC).
Carrie is an empty-nester! She just wishes
AARP would leave her alone!
Betsy Ryan Glenn is well in Atlanta. Her
family goes to Sea Island, GA, in summer,
and she ran into Liz Day Dalrymple there;
it was great! In fall Betsy plans a reunion
with Liz, Eve Jackson London Lisa Wray
Longino, and hopefully Catherine Taylor
How exciting it was to read Julia
Sutherland's news of engagement! Julia's
"wonderful" fiance is Phil Smith, who has
been a friend of Julia's for several years.
He once worked for Senator John Warner
when Julia worked for Senator Chuck Robb.
Phil has been a communications consultant
for the past 1 yrs. Prior to that, he was
head of communications at the Corporation
for Public Broadcasting. A Yale graduate,
Phil received his M.A. in Journalism from
Columbia and spent 20 yrs as an editor
and reporter for the Washington Post.
Phil proposed in Paris over Memorial Day
weekend; they plan to marry in 2/08.
Ann Thrash Jones reports everything
is great in Atlanta! Oct. marks Ann's 21st
year as a paralegal at Alston & Bird. In May,
Bob accepted a position with Arby's to be
their VP, Corporate and Securities Counsel.
His new office is about 1 mi, from home.
Needless to say, the family is "thinking
Arby's"! Chris (26) works in Atlanta, which
makes Mama and Grandmamma happy!
Mary Pat (21) was named the SBC '07-08
Alumna Daughter Scholar! She was unable
to receive the award in person, as she was
studying "abroad" fall '07 in Decatur, GA!
Mary Pat lived at home and took courses
at Agnes Scott Coll. While away from the
horses at SBC, Mary Pat has been competing
and placing in sprint triathlons. She plans to
graduate a year early, in May '08. Although
Bob and Ann don't understand her decision,
Ann is happy their reunions will coincide!
Lauren Place Young visited Suzanne
Stryker Ullrich this spring while on a
college search with her daughters. They
stayed with Suzanne and had a quick,
fun visit. In addition to the college search,
Lauren was juggling a move! Suzanne's
youngest, Ned, attends Penn St. Now that
Suzanne no longer works every day, she has
more free time!
For Liz Williams and husband Chuck,
things are "chugging along" in Middleburg.
They had 4 foxhound pups this summer
who kept them laughing and running to
save anything that was not nailed down. Liz
had a wonderful visit from Carey Johnson
Fleming, her husband David and son
Ian on their way to their new home in NY,
Liz comments, "Carey hasn't changed at
all, darn her!" Liz and Chuck spent last
Thanksgiving with Paula Brown Kelley and
her family, in the midst of a terrible nor-
easter at the beach. They have some great
stories and photos, and almost didn't get
the turkey cooked when they lost electricity
for a few days.
We'll close by quoting Julie Pfautz
Bodenstab: "Guess that's about all the
news that's fit to print." Our thanks to all of
you for sending in your notes. Thanks also
for 5 great years as your class secretaries,
See you in May!
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Ms. Graham Maxwell Russell
525 S Flagler Dr
West Palm Beach, FL 33401
Mrs. John P. Sweeney
74 Longuevue Dr
Pittsburgh, PA 15228
Mrs. Claire McDonnell Purnell
Four Thompson St
Annapolis, MD 21401
Consuelo Michelle Martinez
7007 North Tripp Avenue
Lincolnwood, Illinois 60712
Patsy Griffith Van Etten wins the prize
for the 1 st classmate to write with news.
Thank you Patsy! In Aug., the Van Ettens
welcomed an adorable Jack Russell puppy
to the family. Patsy confirmed that Mr. Max
is a great dog, sleeps through the night
and gets along with his feline roommates.
The family enjoyed Rehoboth Beach, DE
this past summer. Patsy and a friend will
visit The Biltmore Estate in NC between
Christmas and New Year's. The whole manor
is adorned with Christmas decorations, quite
Always the stage mother/manager/taxi
car driver, Monika Kaiser Neheim is busy
with daughter Alexa's drama, improvisational
and German club activities, Alexa, a senior,
is applying to universities with musical
theater programs. Monika never thought
that looking at and applying for colleges
would be so time consuming. Fortunately
the family was able to combine university
visits with a trip to the Northeast from PA
to MA. While in MA, Monika visited Sophie
Despres Whitehouse; Sophie was a French
exchange student at SBC in 1981 during
our junior year. Monika is active with son
Julius' school and extracurriculars. Like his
sister, Julius is a talented actor/singer; last
summer he played the part of "Teen Angel"
in the musical production of Grease. A 7th
grader. Julius is interested in medicine.
Monika heard from Liz Kaufmann who
relocated from KY to TX for a new position in
the legal field.
Deborah Price Bowman writes that
after 5 yrs "off," she returned to work
in money management. After a year of
commuting to NYC while being a "full time
mom,'' Debbie returned to being a full
time stay-at-home mom. Debbie, husband
Jeffrey with daughter Katie (1 1) and son
Kessler (6) enjoyed a vacation at a CO
dude ranch. Debbie's niece Lauren is a
sophomore at SBC. so the family will attend
Parents and Friends Weekend in Oct. The
family will spend Christmas with Debbie's
sister and family and their parents on a
Caribbean cruise celebrating their parents'
Charlotte Prassel Fitzgerald has
fond memories of our 25th reunion and
the "amazing" group of ladies in our class.
Charlotte is considering having $19.82
withdrawn automatically from her bank
account every month and wonders if anyone
contemplated this option to donate funds
to SBC, Daughter Cece attends Eton Coll.
in NC. While at Eton, Charlotte saw fellow
SBC alum, Alice Cutting Lambeer, whose
son Parker is a freshman at Eton. Always a
good friend, Lollie Noble visited Charlotte
after Cece's departure for college. During
Lollie's visit Charlotte brought home a 2
K-month-old black lab mix. Charlotte keeps
her mind off of Cece by training the puppy
and her older sister, a 9 M>-month-old from
a previous litter. While not taking care of
the puppies, Charlotte is a member of CSA,
Community Supported Agriculture Co-Op.
A worthy and healthy cause, she volunteers
to pack and pick up produce from farmers,
delivers the goods to the Co-Op, Charlotte
feels strongly about supporting the CSA —
the produce is high quality, nutrient rich
and tastes better than store bought. She's
expanding her repertoire with new dishes,
shopping for in season fruits and vegetables
and matching the appropriate recipe. A
pro-active way to support local farmers and
get the freshest fruits & vegetables, you can
google CSA for a location in your area.
After 22 yrs with H&R Block, Heather
Pirnie Albert made a career move
and joined Direct General in Nashville.
Specializing in auto insurance with
opportunities to leverage real estate and tax
services, DG offered Heather an excellent
opportunity to manage a team in a new
business venture. Husband Mike and
daughter Samantha remained in Atlanta
and will join her at the end of the school
year when Samantha graduates h. s. Ever
the road warrior, Heather spent the summer
traveling between FL and MO for work, 3
college search trips, personal travel to PA
and NYC and a company trip she won to
Cabo San Lucas, MX for her and Mike.
Mary Ames Booker Sheret writes from
the lovely NC coastal town of Wilmington
where she is a curator on the battleship
North Carolina. Mary Ames went to London
last year with friends, enjoys working on
her home and learning about web design
All is well in Columbia, SC where
Priscilla Ream McPheeter is busy with
school and preparing for her eldest son
James' wedding in Jun. She and Chip
visited daughter Heather's class of '10 at
SBC Parents Weekend and enjoyed seeing
Debbie Price Bowman at reunion.
Frances Ruth Fowler Bauerle enjoyed
a surfing trip with friends in Costa Rica
the past summer. When not working as
an ophthalmologist technician, she totes
her children to sporting events as well as
Several members of the Arizona Alumnae Club met for dinner when Michelle
Badger '06, assistant director of annual giving, was in Phoenix for a confer-
ence in November.
Front Row, L-R: Elizabeth Barnes Bird '39, Janet Peril Ettele '57. Back
Row, L-R: Michelle Badger '06, Amy Kroeger '90, Mary Beth Miller Orson
'86, Kelly Schmitt Molique '94, Paige Wright Phillips '91, and Elizabeth
Puckett Haworth '01
gearing up for the summer Olympics in
Beijing where husband Jack will coach the
women's swim team.
Marie Engel Ernheart writes from
Fairfax County, VA where she is a m.s.
teacher and studying for her M.A. in Special
Education at GMU; she will graduate in
Polk Green is busy working in TX and
enjoying every minute of it; she was thrilled
to attend our reunion and seeing everyone.
Polk looks forward to attending the next
reunion and the possibility of the Chicago
Cubs winning a play-off series.
Irish dancing competitions and volleyball
tournaments keep Lee Watson Lombardy
and husband Warren busy with daughter
Georgia, in Orlando, FL. Lee keeps in touch
with Lucile Redmond Flournoy; she
reports that Lucy and husband Tom are
selling the barn/apartment and moving into
a new home.
Not one to sing her own praises, however
Molly K. Johnson is a successful real
estate advisor and specialist with Coldwell
Bankers residential brokerage on Chicago's
north side. Molly enjoys playing golf weekly
with her league.
Molly Finney Grenn writes from
Alexandria, VA. Molly and daughter Gracie
visited Brianna Boswell Brown and family
in Dallas. She attended a luncheon hosted
by Nancy Daugherty Davison who is
currently studying for her M.A. in Theology.
Attendees included Valerie Youree
Charlotte Fitzgerald Marie Earnhart
and Ann Morton Habliston.The ladies
committed to visiting a museum or art
gallery downtown together in the future.
Gracie started preschool recently and
enjoys her friends and teachers. Molly and
husband Mike accompanied Gracie on her
1st day expecting resistance and tears, so
they marveled that Gracie never looked back
when they dropped her off. Tanya Voss Ryan
'81 is the Director of Grade's preschool,
Molly enjoys seeing her,
Joan Verier Ehrenberg sent us notes
for the 1st time; thank you for sharing
Joan! For the last 1 6 yrs she has lived
in northwest MT and for many years had
a career in the hospitality industry. She
married husband Ted 1 2 yrs ago and "finally,
got smart" and came to realize that family
was more important than career, so Joan
left work when only daughter Katelyn was
in kindergarten. Joan volunteers with arts
education, their church and the local CVB.
She's Chair of the local chapter for the
Democratic Party, As a family they enjoy
skiing, fly fishing, and hiking. Katelyn (9)
enjoys playing piano, voice, and soccer.
Joan's biggest regret in life was leaving SBC
after only 2 years; she'll always cherish her
days there amongst friends and horses in a
beautiful learning environment.
Jane R. Dure started law school in San
Antonio, TX after a languid summer relaxing
on the beaches of Mazatlan, MX, where she
and her pets moved after 1 7 yrs in Austin.
There are still 60 boxes left to unpack which
she'll eventually get around to opening. In
the meantime, Jane accomplished more
work in the first 5 weeks of law school
than in her entire freshman year. Ever the
conscientious student, Jane does all the
reading for each class — "some of it is so
impenetrable it takes an hour to do a couple
of pages"! She succeeds in attending every
class, even 8 a.m. sessions and is amazed
at her own dedication and performance. She
feels this is in part because there are none
of her friends around to be a bad influence!
Catherine Miller had an "awesome"
time at reunion and has heard from several
classmates since May. In Jul., while in CA
for a family wedding, she spent a couple
of days visiting Anne Goebel Bains and
husband. According to Catherine, Anne
looks terrific and seems very happy with
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her CA lifestyle. Catherine keeps busy with
daughters Ali (13) in m. s. and Madeline
(1 5) in h. s. She and husband David are also
hosting a student (15) from France through
the Rotary Club International.
Jean Von Schrader Byran and
husband Peter are busy with their 3
children's school and sports activities.
Jennifer Rae is a "busy beaver"
managing her own business for the last 7
yrs, Invitation to Better Things, LLC (Project
Management for Events, Web Services,
Publishing and Photography). You can
learn more about Jenny's entrepreneurial
efforts at: www.invitationtobetterthings.
com. She and boyfriend Luigi don't have
children, but are busy with the Rotary Club
International of Friendship Heights. Jenny
is the Program and Web Chair and active at
the district level with the web committee.
Their district includes points between DC,
Annapolis, Frederick, and Baltimore. She
feels like a "pioneer" as a female member
but believes she is making a positive impact
so that more women will join Rotary. The
organization became "co-ed" in the '80s.
Beth Reed and daughter Kate had a
wonderful time at our reunion catching
up with everyone, especially Ann Morton
Habliston, Kelly and Windsor Jenkins
and Valerie Youree who reconnected Beth
with Harleigh Chalmers Kehoe Beth
and Kate were able to visit at W&L with
Caroline Habliston before returning to AL.
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Kelly Meredith lacobelli
4764 Outlook Way NE
Marietta, GA 30066
Wow, it's fun watching people reconnect
prior to our 20th reunion! I've heard from
people I haven't heard from in years. If you
haven't done so, please join us on Linked-in
and Facebook to join our "conversations"
and reach out to your classmates. We've
heard from classmates all over the world
including Sonia Jabbar in India and
Scarlett Roitman in Boulonge, France.
Thanks to Stephanie Wilt Smirnov for our
Facebook page and Caroline Corum for
getting us into Linked-in. (Email me and I'll
get you started if you haven't joined.) Class
President Christina Savage Lytle is busy
with her duties as PTA president. She's
looking for some fun ideas for reunion. Let
her know if you have ideas. (You can post a
message to her on Facebook or Linked-in.)
Here are some fun tidbits from Linked-in:
Liza Dalehite Brinkmann is a pediatric
nurse practitioner in Austin TX. Andrea
Fraley is a Senior Project Manager for
FP&C Health Systems in Charlottesville.VA.
Stacey Sickels Heckel is the Executive
Director for the Anne Arundel Community
College Foundation. MaryCathryn Holland
is a Captain in the Hopkinsville (TN) Police
Dept. Minta Jones Ford is an Independent
Hospital & Health Care Professional in
Memphis, TN. Katie Keogh-Weidner
is Co-Owner/Office Manager at DMW
Marine in Philadelphia. Michele DeGuerin
Luke is an Independent Public Relations
and Communications Professional in
Houston. Jennifer Rosen is the Director
of Admissions at Isidore Newman School
in New Orleans. Brenda Payne is a social
worker in Nelson County Social Services.
Polly Sattler is the President of Sustainable
Business Partners in Atlanta. Jean Sumner
is a Senior IT Systems Analyst for Genworth
Financial in Lynchburg. Chrissy Tellalian
Mulvihill is the Director of Government and
Public Affairs for Sony in Washington, DC.
Lisa Tennant is an Accountant for Teekay
in Houston. Sara Whitt is a VP at Ammar's
Inc in Johnson City, TN. Melinda Williams
is VP of Higher Vision Inc in Santa Barbara.
Melissa Ripple is the owner of Getaways
Unlimited in Orlando. Bernie Dawes Smith
is the First Vice President at Hazlett, Burt
& Watson, Inc. in Wheeling, WVA. Erica
Hennig Subramaniam is a librarian at the
Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community
College in Asheville, NC.
I recently learned that Cheryl-Lynn
Horowitz Matheny lives in Atlanta. She's a
human resource manager for Reed Business
Information. I hope to see her at the Atlanta
Club's SBC Day in Jan.
Kathryn Ingham Reese is an English
teacher, coach and class advisor at Tower
Hill School in Philadelphia. She plans to
come to reunion with her husband and 2
Stephanie Wilt Smirnov says "Holla,
holla everyone. I'm still in northern NJ with
husband Max and son Terry. I'm also still
at DeVries Public Relations, where I'm an
Executive Vice President. I expanded my role
as head of our beauty practice to oversee a
new division called Strategy and Innovation,
which involves among other things digital
communications strategies and programs
for our clients, which apparently qualifies
me to be an administrator at our Reunion
Facebook page, which I encourage all of
you to join! All it takes is an email address
and about 5 min. to sign up. Reconnecting
with old classmates this way has been truly
wonderful. Other big news in the Smirnov
household is that we bought a wonderful
little house in the Catskills for weekend
getaways, just in time for ski season. Hope
everyone is well and look forward to seeing
people at reunion!"
My wonderful roommate Kim Bretnall
Shinn has her 5 kids. She does Sales and
Customer Service at Raritan Engineering.
Grace Quirk Thompson is in Leawood,
KS, with husband Jeff and 2 daughters,
Caroline Grace (13) and Georgia Shaw (12).
Grace spends many hours volunteering;
she also enjoys floral design and gardening
when there's time.
Lee Ann Conard is a physician at
Children's Hospital of Pittsburgh.
Caroline Corum is a Sr. Product Advisor
at Silicon Valley Bank in San Francisco.
Tracy Tigerman Shannon says that
things are moving along smoothly. She's still
teaching, her kids are in kindergarten and
7th grade and husband John is an auditor at
a motel in Lynchburg.
Michele Smith reports: "During the past
year, I've migrated north to Seattle, love it.
1 keep busy working as a legal assistant
for a patent firm. I have thoughts of writing
ventures and hope to be able to work this
into my schedule. I took up running in recent
years and completed my 1st half-marathon
(Nike Women's Marathon) last year."
Virginia Bennett Leeds went back to
school and lost touch with everyone in the
process. She graduated from UNCG with her
M.Ed in Elem. Education in 5/07. She's now
a 4th grade teacher at McLeansville Elem.
in NC. The school is departmentalizing, so
she's teaching math, social studies, and
writing to the entire 4th grade. She's finally
using her SBC history major. Daughter
Andrea (3) gets bigger every day and
amazes Virginia with what she can do.
Virginia says, "She is enjoying playschool,
but is already having trouble learning to
listen to her teacher or to me. You know
what they say about teacher's kids."
Her husband Roy is still with Burlington
Insurance and will begin teaching insurance
courses at Eton U. in the spring.
Carolyn Grant Milden says that she's
so excited! This is going to be a great
reunion! She has been busy since the last
reunion. She was divorced and remarried 2
years ago to Jamie Milden. They bought a
house together and she works with him on
his Landscape Design Company. She has 4
kids. Daughters Dylan (1 7) and Amanda (1 6)
are applying to colleges! Oh MY! Time flies.
She has twin boys (11), Charlie and Sam.
She says "It's always fun and busy." Her
mom has been in the hospital and they're
moving her in with them.
Kristin "Kritty" Peterson Randolph s
update: I love living in VA Beach and am still
happily married to Ran Randolph (yes, the
guy from UVA law school that I road tripped
with Laura and co. to see all those years,
so long ago). They have 3 boys: Ranny (1 2),
Christian (8), and Peyton (5). They keep
them very busy with all their activities. She
got her real estate license last Sept. She
sees Jeanne Mexic and Lisa Arnold on
her various shopping trips to DC or NYC.
She talks to Nici and Laura as often as
possible. She saw Paige Apple Montinero
on her way through VA Beach and would
love to catch up with others.
Paige Shiller Okun is in her 5th year of
living in Singapore with husband Steve and
2 boys, Bennett (7) and Mason (5). She's
the Chief Operating officer of Caring for
Cambodia, an organization that fully funds
and manages four schools in Siem Reap
Cambodia, www.caringtorcambodia.org. She
invites anyone visiting Asia to get in touch with
her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Denise Landau Blind in Glen Rock, NJ,
says her kids are great! Tyler (13) is still an
avid baseball player (and throws in some
basketball, and has a 200 bowling average),
and Chelsea (1 0) is a level 7 gymnast. She
says "I love watching them both, but I wish
I could just split myself in half and be at
everything!" She has started riding in the
Alumnae division at the IHSA shows. She's
"looking forward to our 20th.. .can't believe
it's been that long!"
Cecilia Moore is a professor of religion
at the U. of Dayton. When I spoke to her at
Homecoming, she was preparing for a major
symposium and a conference in IN.
It looks like Lylle Martin still lives in
Panama and has married (according to her
h.s. reunion website).
Susan Detweiler and partner Larry
spent the summer on a river and coastal
trip in the Canadian arctic last summer.
They saw wolves, musk oxen, grizzly bears
and many birds nesting, but not a single
person in the entire 46 days. They enjoyed
canoeing among sea ice and seals and had
a grand adventure overall. Now they are
back in Antarctica where Susan is working
her 5th season as a Field Trainer. They went
down early this year for the pre-season,
during which she enjoyed the novelty of
darkness and the beautiful pink low light
of spring in the Antarctic. She missed her
climbing guiding season last summer and is
looking forward to a full season in the Tetons
(WY) next summer. Her photos are posted at
pbase.com/antarctic_suze where you'll also
find her Antarctic email address. She enjoys
staying in touch with several classmates.
Leslie Corrado Stillwagon says that
she "will absolutely be at the reunion if my
husband & I are still in the States in May. We
bought a place in Australia this past spring,
and are trying to tie things up here to move
overseas. As these things go, it does take
some time to close down our lives here and
head down under."
Ashley DeVan was married. (Check
out the photos on Facebook — such a
beautiful bride!) She's Director of Integration
Marketing for Citrix Systems in Santa
Gussie Harrison Dunstan continues
with here music talents. She's a vocalist and
commercial model in Pittsburgh.
Jennifer Roach Childs is a
Independent Health, Wellness and Fitness
Professional in Portland, OR.
John, Kathleen (5) and I, Kelly Meredith
lacobelli, are still in Atlanta and loving it.
Some days I can't run fast enough to keep
up with work and Kathleen's activities, but
I wouldn't trade it. I'm looking forward to
reconnecting with everyone at reunion.
Miss Emmy S. Leung
7102 Wynnewood Court
Richmond, VA 23235
Mrs. Jean L Spillane Benning
1506 N Bethlehem Pike
Lower Gwynedd, PA 19002
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Vickie Campo Byrd
2800 NE 22nd Street
Fort Lauderdale, FL 33305
Thanks to all who responded to our
late email request. . .sorry for the quick
turnaround and next time we promise to
give you more time! We hope to hear from
you anytime, and will be sure to include you
in the next round of notes. You can email
either Vickie or Mamie.
Joan Dabney Clickner is having a
great time being mother of 2. As of Oct.,
Ian is 6 and Georgia 7 months. Ian adjusted
easily to having a sister, and she thinks he's
the best. They're still in Charlottesville, but
contemplating a move to Staunton. Bobby
is starting a 2nd acupuncture practice in
Harrisonburg, VA and Staunton would be
right in between the 2 towns. The family
vacationed in FL and spent a few awesome
days catching up with Erin Katz, who lives
across the street from the beach! Also
keeping in touch with Suzanne Ziesmann
who started a new job in Lynchburg which
she enjoys. Joan would love to hear
from more classmates! Her email is still
Christine Flint Canterbury made
a big move to Amsterdam last summer
and it's going well. Her 3 children love the
International School and husband Joe is
busy opening up Starbucks across Europe
and the Middle East. Christine is loving the
expat life again! Amsterdam is fabulous,
everyone speaks English. They'll be there for
a couple years, would love visitors!
Stephanie Berger reports, "Work is
great. I have a bunch of new governor's
races this cycle. Mostly women, which is
important to me as I believe women make
the best governors and leaders. This is
something I saw firsthand at SBC. I spent
Aug. in Aspen fly fishing, hiking, biking
and hanging out with friends. I became the
godmother of Jennifer "Kemper" Wallis s
son Quinn. It was an honor to be asked.
I'm grateful to my days at SBC for bringing
Jen into my life. I spend time with Amber
Vellenga who did all the beautiful landscape
work on my yard. She's very gifted. "
Jenni Vance reports, "Our son, Vance
is now 7 months old. Must be sleep
deprivation, but I don't know where the time
has gone. He's sweet and wants to know
when he gets his first pony ride on Asian.
In Sept., we saw Parker Shultis Pearson
'90 when she visited for Vance's Blessing.
He's lucky to have her for a godmother."
Jennie is trying to get in touch with Heather
Service Clayton and asks if Heather is
reading this to please write to her!
Gwen Fisher Glew reports: "I work
full time as a pediatrician, specializing in
developmental and behavioral pediatrics. I
have 2 amazing boys: Finn (4) and Duncan
(7) are the loves of my life. My husband Rich
is still with Microsoft. We live in Seattle and
are contemplating a move to Australia for
another international stint."
Dawn Monahan Nelson writes that life
is good. She had birthday coffee with Anne
Crow Galanides and Mamie Farmer
Farley. She's almost done with house
renovation, and her puppies and children
are getting big!
Penny Tadler continues to be a NYC
public school teacher, teaching 5th graders
from around the world. She moved to
Mineola in Feb. and is finally unpacked.
Her new apartment is great; she's thrilled
with her commute. Penny spent all 1 wks
of the summer in the mountains; walking,
swimming, playing tennis and reading.
Everyone should get the opportunity to chill
out for 2 months! This fall, Penny returned
to school as a student. She's taking her
1st class at the Mercer School of Theology
and loves it. She continues to be a youth
minister at Christ Episcopal Church and
sends her best wishes to everyone.
Stacey Lawrence Lee had a baby girl
(Anastasia Allerton Lee) on 8/1 1/07. Annie
was 2 weeks late which was awful, but
she has more than made up for it by being
completely perfect. Daughter Lexi (3) loves
being big sister. Stacey saw Egg (Jennifer
Greggl when she literally rode into town
after biking 300 mi. from Gettysburg, PA to
NYC to raise money for AIDS. Stacey and
husband Will still live and work in NYC.
Cathi Goslau Rainold and husband
Anton had their 1 st child on 1 0/1 6/07.
Son Emile Anton goes by AJ! Cathi is still
working in property management and her
family still lives in the beautiful Summit
County of CO! She can't wait to ride horses
again in the spring! Everyone please come
ski and visit!
Carey Bates had a busy summer — she
went to ME again, moved again, and is
getting ready to buy her 1st house! She lost
40 lbs this year, 30 more to go and quit
smoking after 20 yrs! She visited Amber
Vellenga in Richmond and stays in touch
with Laura Arceneaux '92. Carey is having
fun dating different people and simply
enjoying life, job, her family, and friends.
Elliott Pitts is happy and healthy in
Portland, ME. Work, never ending grad
school, house projects, and training for her
1st road race are keeping her busy this fall.
She looks forward to relaxing for 2 wks in
The Abacos, Bahamas at the end of the year.
Allene Doucette reports: "We had a
quiet summer up until we were evacuated
due to the Witch Creek Fire. We and our
home are fine, thank goodness. It's an odd
feeling, leaving your home and all your
possessions behind (& choosing which
ones to take) and wondering if they will
be there when you're let back into the
neighborhood. Believe it or not, I took my
wool pink and green SBC scarf. Silly, I know,
but you can't get them anymore, I love that
scarf." Al also wrote that they have explored
San Diego a lot; the zoo, parks, etc. Son
Alastair is getting bigger physically and in
his personality. She's getting used to being
a stay-at-home mom — the hardest job
she's ever had! But she loves it. They have a
guest bedroom and love visitors.
Megan Read Lindberg We've moved
into our new house (Lafayette. CA) with our
3 dogs, cat, rat, and 3 horses. Sutter is 10,
Tessa 9 and Logan 4. We have plenty of room
for visitors and welcome any SBC alumnae."
As for me, Vickie Campo Byrd, life is
good in South FL. No hurricanes this year
(so far!), and we're thankful! Traveled a bit
this summer; spent 3 wks with my parents
in AL, then visited with friends and fai
NC, too. Children Garnert (7), Ellie (4 V4 ) and
Caroline (2) keep us busy and entertained!
Thanks to everyone for letting us know
what's going on in your lives!
Ms. Tricia Pheil Johnson
10359 Church Hill Rd
Myersville, MD 21773
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Mrs. Jeffrey T. Constable
335 Radnor Chester Rd
Villanova, PA 19085
Mary-Linda "Molly" Morris
6452 Cranston Way
Dublin, OH 43017
Liz Gilgan still lives in Boston and works
for the Archaeological Institute of America.
She's involved in another organization called
SAFE (Saving Antiquities for Everyone). Liz
goes down to DC a few times a year and
testifies on behalf of countries having their
archaeological heritage looted, destroyed
and sold to other countries. She speaks to
Lia DiSimone Colbert and went to visit
her and her 2 little girls late last spring.
She keeps in touch with Amelia McDaniel
Johnson. (She's entertained by Amelia's
stories about son Jed.)
Amelia is living it up in Baton Rouge.
She says life in "The Other LA" is grand.
Wyly turned 6 in 1 1/07 and Jed turned 2 in
7/07. She spends a lot of time home with
the kids and volunteering. They moved into
an old house in spring'07 and are learning
about renovating the hard way. She visited
with Kirsten Osmundson Boyd. Lia
OeSimone Colbert and Corinne Gaillard
Angie Carpenter Good has been
settling into her new job as Marketing
Communications Manager for ThinkFun
Inc., a company that manufactures mind-
challenging games (www.thinkfun.com).
She loves her job and has learned a lot in
the short time she's been there. She visited
Stacey Eisenberg Payne and Renee
Brooks Frederiksen during summer
in VT, a great time. Son Scotty started
kindergarten in 9/07.
Kelly Schmitt Molique went back
to work full time in the spring. She's the
Deputy Finance Director for Romney
for President in AZ and NM and District
Manager with Arbonne International. When
not working, she has fun with Elizabeth (4)
and Enk (2) who get along beautifully. She
spent 2 wks at the beach and plans for
1 month in '08. Kelly went to Denver for
Lesley Byers Bush i 35th birthday but
was ill, missed seeing Sarah Young '95! She
and Mark celebrated 5 years in May — can't
believe how time flies! If anyone visits the
Scottsdale, AZ area, let her know!
Hopie Carter Avery and her laml
settled into life in Chapel Hill, NC. While
Allen is getting his M.BA at UNC, Hopie
and Porter (14 mos.) are reconnecting with
the East coast. They're expecting baby #2
in 2/08, and after that time, she plans to
see what design opportunities there are in
the area. (She left her job with Old Navy in
06/06). For now, though she enjoys full time
motherhood. On a family trip to NYC she
caught up with Bonnie Insalaco Abrams '93
and Kim Clayton
Wendy Wall Nace and Randy are still in
Birmingham, AL, enjoying it. They celebrated
their 10th anniversary in 7/07! She changed
jobs and is now in a private practice
group as an LPC (Licensed Professional
Counselor). She loves it and can't wait
until her clientele builds! She sees Laura
Greene Silsbee now and then, since both
live in Birmingham.
Heather Bayfield Weidle is doing
well down in FL. She, husband Russ,
and Michael (3) were joined by Matthew
on 7/27/07. He's wonderful, very fat
and happy! She owns a daily money
management company called Life
Management Advisors and they work
primarily with the elderly on bill payment,
taxes, estate planning, nursing care, etc. It's
a rewarding job with an emotional paycheck
that makes it almost worth being away from
the boys during the day. They are looking
at expanding in TX and GA. Heather sees
Katherine Lindsey Auchter and her family
often. They're busy and happy! She writes,
"I haven't seen anyone else since Elizabeth
Gilgan married Dave Bianca, FINALLY! We
need another big occasion to get together!"
Ashley Henderson Swigart and
husband Jim welcomed Preston 3/16/07.
She was thrilled to have so many SBC
friends attend her baby shower: Liz Gilgan
Bianca Lia deSimone Colbert Allison
Vollmer Douglas Robyn Barto Knauss
and Stacey Eisenberg Payne She's
the Director of Business Development for
Christofle Silver and they're all well in CI
Katherine Schupp Zeringue is still in
New Orleans working for FEMA and helping
in the rebuilding efforts. It's been 2 years
and there are still many years to go. For a
much needed break, she and husband went
to Holland for 1 days in 8/07. They spent a
few days in Amsterdam, then biked around
the northern coastal region. It was peaceful
and relaxing. She did, however, learn why
there are so many windmills in Holland: no
matter what direction they went, they were
always biking into a headwind!
Tysha Calhoun Stroka still works
for the Social Security Administration,
specifically for disability determination
services. She enjoys being able to help
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people in need. She has rekindled her
interest and love for the theater and
has performed in several productions in
Lockhart. 1 1/07 marks the merge of the
2 community theaters in the town, and
she has been asked to be on the Board
of Directors for the new Gaslight-Baker
Community Theater. She says it feels good
to be back in her element, and she's excited
about the potential this theater has, looking
forward to contributing her talent and time
to something that means so much to her.
She and Pat still camp, bike, and kayak and
take their 2 furry kids to the river as much
as possible. They continue to be very happy
with life and each other.
Stacey Eisenberg Payne saw Ashley
Henderson Swigart last spring for her
baby shower, said it was great to catch up
with everyone. Angie Carpenter Good
Renee Brooks Frederiksen, and her
gathered in VT back in Jul. for a girls'
weekend; always a fun time. The boys
(Mathes, 5 and Carter, 3) are well and
looking forward to welcoming a new sibling
in spring '08.
Amy Ross Hendrix lives in San
Francisco with husband Brian and son
Oliver (1). Brian left the restaurant business
and works as a wine broker. She teaches
2nd grade in Belmont and is working on
her administrative credential. She had
the opportunity to work as a principal this
summer for her district with pre-K- 8th
grade. She and Brian are looking to buy
a house in the city and were expecting
another baby in 1 0/07.
Vinca Swanson is suffering from
serious SBC/Blue Ridge Mountain air
withdrawal. She encourages anyone feeling
the same to contact her. People in Seattle
think she's reacting to the weather. She's
doing a lot of e-commerce work for various
companies in the Seattle area, and opened
a physical store called Swerve. It's in the
beginning stages, but she enjoys watching it
grow. They got a white Akita puppy in 4/07
called Captain Uno, and he's growing fast.
They're planning a trip to Oaxaca, MX in
1 1 /07 for 1 days to celebrate Day of the
Dead and go surfing. Skiing is around the
corner; she spends her nights dreaming of
cold, snow, and new steeps. (And of course,
Katherine Cook adopted Trustful, a
horse from the Thoroughbred Retirement
Foundation last year. She loves riding
again, and didn't realize how much she
had missed it. She has left academia to
become a firefighter and medic in Stafford,
VA. She loves it, and writes, "Who knew I
would spend all those years in grad school
and then decide to be a fireman when I
Amy Biathrow Ross writes that Katie
and Reid will be 4 and 2 in 11/07. She
celebrated her 5th anniversary with Red
Hat. She manages their global corporate
governance, loves it. She was one of 1
people worldwide chosen to participate
in the company's leadership development
program for the next year. In 9/07 she
ran her first half-marathon, and got back
in the pool to train for the 1 st time in 1 3
years. She and Craig celebrated their 1 0th
anniversary. He's teaching h.s. Spanish and
Kelleigh Smith Sommer lives in
Bulverde, TX. Son Sam is in 2nd grade
this year, and she loves volunteering at
the school. She works part time as a
bookkeeper, and that schedule allows her
the flexibility to come and go according
to Sam's schedule. She and Richard are
going to build another house in the spring.
The good news is that the lot is just down
the street from where they are, so that will
make it easier to build. She's kept in touch
with Mary Ellen Horner Haggard Caitlin
Sundby Russell and Betsy Lanard
Kim Mounger Storbeck is in Olympia,
WA with husband Glenn and daughter Lily
(6). She works for the local library system
buying books, DVDs and talking books for
27 libraries (She's been a librarian for 1 1
years now). She and Glenn are working
on an old house, which is a never ending
Jamee Thompson Briggs is busy.
She went back to work part time in the
Montessori School where her kids attend. It
has been hectic getting back in the swing
of things, but she enjoys the time with the
children. Jackson (7) started 1st grade,
Caroline (5) is in kindergarten, and Walker
(3) started preschool. John started his own
consulting company, enjoys being self-
Betsy Lanard Sullivan teaches elem.
music for the school district of Philadelphia
and is an adjunct professor for Alvernia
Coll. Daughter Marley is now 2 Yi, and they
moved into a new house in the city a year
ago. They added to their zoo: joining the
other dogs is beagle puppy Bambi.
Lucia Marks Kern and Ronald are still
in Atlanta. They had a vacation in Buenos
Aries, loved it. She started a new job with
Booz Allen as a public health consultant, and
still has her stationery business, LKKern. Her
website is www.LKKern.com.
Caitlin Sundby Russell is getting her
M.A. in nutrition at GA State U. She's going
part time so it will probably take a few more
years till she's done. Eva turned 2 in Jul.
and is growing like a weed. She and Scott
just moved into a house in Buckhead and
are enjoying the location, but they're hoping
the drought is over soon so they can do
some landscaping! She sees Lucia Marks
Kern, Karen Hott '92, and Stephanie Frost
'92 for dinner on occasion.
Allison Chance got married on
1 0/1 3/07 to Jim Carter at Figure Eight
Island, NC. Patty Geets Hathaway,
Laura Green Silsbee Michelle Lee
Wallace and Heather Stevens Wine
were all in attendance. She's at a new job
at Morgan Keegan in Atlanta doing Wealth
Cara Gunther Waterhouse and Rob
are happy to announce the arrival of their
3rd daughter, Emma Violet on 8/26/07. Big
sisters, Georgina and Charlotte are smitten
with their little sister. Proud godmother,
Dr. Amy M. Davis will join them in early '08
for the christening. They completed building
a new home and are settling in.
Kim Bramley Estep writes not too
much has changed in the Estep household.
Morgan is 7, Ryleigh is 6. She's taking
over the company from her father as he
enters retirement. She loves working for
herself, even though the capital markets are
challenging. She and Scott want to build an
indoor/outdoor Karting facility in Torrington,
CT. Details will follow in the future, but it's
their new hobby besides skiing. They spent
time in Napa and Sonoma, CA in early Oct.
and brought home a lot of wine. Their cellar
is almost full! They'll be celebrating the
holidays at their timeshare at the Atlantis
(Bahamas), so they're looking forward to that.
Susan Margaret Barrett is married to
a musician, Scott Albert Johnson, and they
have 2 amazing boys, Charlie (soon 2) and
Benjamin (born 6/5/07). She is trying to be
more active with her photography in the
limited spare time she has right now. They
love the community in Jackson and would
love to have any SBC friends visit!
Lorelei Bahret Mote has been keeping
very busy in AZ. In Apr. they had a colt
born. He is a Hanoverian/TB cross and
should have great potential for dressage
and or jumping. Then on 6/1 2/07 they
had daughter, Amber Leigh Mote. Maybe a
future SBC student?
Mehreen Mallal writes that she has
moved back to Islamabad and is working for
Catholic Relief Services. She is enjoying her
work, and keeping busy with traveling for
work in the region and within the country.
Jodi Szuszczewicz McGee and
husband Bryan just celebrated their 1 2th
wedding anniversary in 10/06. Megan had
her 8th birthday in 1 2/06, Garrett turned 6
in 4/07. She has been home-schooling both
children for the past 3 years and loves it!
She writes, "If you're a mom and get excited
about your child's first steps, just wait until
he or she starts to read or better yet, do
multiplication and word problems. It's the
coolest!" Her free time is spent with horse
Havanna. She and family live in Haymarket,
VA near sister, Kim Szuszczewicz Snead
She sees Dorothy Bailey and Heather
Roby a few times each year. She saw them,
as well as Alice Windham and Christy
Young McCain and families over the
Memorial Day weekend.
Mary-Linda Morris, spent last year
selling photographs and finding my new
job. I'm selling wine at a small independent
wine shop in Dublin. It's a lot of fun, and
I'm learning so much every day. The shop
is under new ownership, so it's exciting to
help build the business and watch it grow.
Hopefully, a trip out to CA will be in the
cards in the next few months, as I'm making
a lot of contacts in the wineries and the trip
can be a special one. I'm spending a lot of
time on the FL coast when I can get away
from the cold OH winters.
Please continue to send your class notes
(at any time) to my email address posted
above; I check it continuously!
Holly Miller Mallos
14 Barrow Court
Towson, MD 21204
Sounds like it was a busy summer and fall
for our class. . .between babies, new homes,
jobs, and trying to land a gig on "Wife
Swap," it's incredible y'all find the time to
write in. Thankfully you do!
Meredith Williams Melmed writes,
"The big news here is Maren Howard
Leggett returned from Kazakhstan where
she and Peter adopted a beautiful baby boy.
They kept his given name, Rinat, as his 1st
name which is a neat way to preserve some
of his heritage. He's about 9 mos. now and
he and Caroline love playing together. She
races him up the stairs and runs circles
around him for now at the playground; I'm
sure he'll catch up soon. We live close to
each other here in DC so it'll be exciting to
see our 2 kiddos become friends. I still work
as an attorney with the government and
have been able to have a better balance of
quality work and quality family time than I
would otherwise have in private practice."
Meredith also wrote in this summer that
Eileen Yates Von Herbulis and Brian had
a baby boy, Barrett, in 3/07 and are doing
well in CA, where they relocated for Brian's
Carson Scheppe Hobby and
husband Scott had their 2nd child 1 2/06
(Henry Lawson Hobby). In Mar., Maren
Howard Leggett and Peter went down
to Jacksonville for his Christening as
godparents. In Jul., Carson traveled to DC to
see Maren and Peter before they headed off
to Kazakhstan to bring home Rinat. Carson
hopes to get to DC again soon to meet Rinat
and show him how to raise hell, as we all
know she's pretty good at doing.
In May Katie Maxwell Schellhammer,
Heather Aspinwall and Karn Henderson
celebrated Drew Braun's (Mary Byrd
Schroder Braun's son) 3rd birthday with
a frog theme because Drew loves frogs.
They surprised Anna Reilly with a party
in her new Arlington condo. In Aug., Katie
had dinner with Kelly Hall in WV. Kelly is a
professor at WV Wesleyan Coll. In Oct., Katie,
Heather, Anna and Kathy Whitby met for a
little mini reunion. Old roomies again, just
like the SBC days. Katie also met Mary Lea
Harris Martin '98 in the preschool carpool
line. Mary Lea's daughter attends the same
school as Katie's son Max. Small world!
Holly Elkins Marshall is expecting a
baby boy in 02/08.
Gwen Hickey Babcock writes, "We
are expecting our 2nd, Baby "B," around
4/1 3/08. If this isn't a boy, then it's a real
tomboy because it's kicking my tail so hard
I want to cry! However, getting pregnant
is the best thing that ever happened to
me because all the chronic pain I was
having from my 2nd back surgery is gone!
Let's praise God for PROGESTERONE!
Speaking of praise, I'm enjoying my 2nd
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fulfilling experience. Devin has had great
advancements wilh his|ohand is iluimi
well. Kaeden Grace turned 5 on 09/30/07
and amazes us every day. I've seen a lot ol
Beverley Stone Dale and Bergen Hall
Daley and both beautiful children over the
past few months. It was a super summer.
And I was back on campus for Homecoming
and Alumnae Board and it was so great to
be back. Y'all must get down soon or for
next reunion 1 Peace'"
In other baby news, Kara Dickey Moore
and husband expect a baby boy in 2/08.
Beverley Stone Dale and Jeff
welcomed baby girl Lindley Caldwell on
6/2/07. Will she be a member of the SBC
class of 2029? Beverley's summer was
filled with travels from the mountains to the
beach to introduce Lindley to family. They
enjoyed spending time with Gwen Hickey
Babcock and Bergen Hall Daley
Liz Dunck Hayes and Paul had baby
girl Patricia Ashley on 6/1 9/07.
Kat Madden Pearl and husband Rich
welcomed Aiden Marcus on 9/14/07. Kat
says he has big blue eyes and is much
louder than his mother ever was in her
On the TX front: Katherine Harrington
Welder has a new title: "Since it rained all
summer in TX, I ended up having to become
"Julie the Cruise Director." Lunch on 1st
floor, games on the 2nd floor, and me either
passed out from exhaustion in the master
bedroom or trailing after the children picking
up toys that had fallen in the line of duty.
We're doing great. Home front: Ray, Leigh,
Jay and I got back from Ireland. My boony
red-headed daughter Leigh is in 3rd grade.
Ray's mini-me, Jay, is in kindergarten. Work
front: I'm the Southwest Regional Director
(which encompasses TX and NM) for
Metropolitan Opera National Council out of
NYC. I'm also the monthly lecture coordinator
for the McNay Art Museum Docents."
Catherine Orr Nihem writes, "The twins
started school this year — a big adjustment
for all. Jack and I head off to Peru at the end
of Oct. to trek to Macchu Piccu. Apparently,
with all the elevation gains, you can
experience all 4 seasons in a day, should
be a real adventure. For Christmas we're
meeting the extended family in the Riviera
Maya, then to Captiva Island in Mar. and off
to the Cape for 3 wks this summer. We're so
landlocked here in TX that we escape every
opportunity we can!"
Also continuing to travel the globe is
Kelly Hall She taught a Western Civ.
class in Europe this summer and spent
a week each in Athens, Rome, Florence,
and Paris. She saw Katie Maxwell
Schellhammer this summer and planned
to visit Cari Miller James and Jen Parker
Raudenbush in 11/07.
Kelly "Pepper" Coggshell and Jim
have been in Burke, VA since 6/06. Pepper
stopped teaching in Charlottesville for Jim
to take a job with the government. He's a
patent examiner in the Medicinal Chemistry
division at the US Patent Trademark Office.
She started her own tutoring business and
helps local h. s. students in chemistry,
physics, and math. She's also still doing
some training in dog agility and now
obedience training. AND works part time for
some top-secret company she can't tell us
about! She rescued an Australian Shepard
on 9/1 1 (she already rescued one, Sun Bear,
in '04). Pepper says she thought this was a
great day to rescue someone or something!
Their new 9/1 1 rescue, Blackjack, is doing
great. Within 3 wks he could already low-
five and high-five and knew all the agility
equipment. Pepper keeps In touch with
Sabryna Robertson McClung '93, and hopes
to see her in CA this Christmas while she
and Jim visit his family.
Harleen Singh is still a professor at
Brandeis and living in Boston.
Sarah Clifford Weaver and Bob
celebrated their 1 2th anniversary last May.
Sarah is off to a new venture teaching art
part time in her former h. s. while her 2 boys
are in school all day. Her oldest RJ turned
8 in 10/07— has that much time gone by?
Younger son Tyler (5) started kindergarten and
isn't keen on it yet. Sarah says time will tell.
Krishna Pody Hibdon writes, "Boy
have I been busy. We've moved into a new
home and installed a pool. The kids love
it. My twin daughters celebrated their 5th
birthday in Oct. I opened a new office for my
insurance agency. I worked a local college
fair, loved it. Meeting so many potential new
SBC students is exciting and fun. I love to
talk about all of the wonderful reasons why
they should consider a woman's college,
Kimbery Roda Morehead had a rough
Fri.1 3th, with the passing of both hers and
Tim's grandmother. That aside, she's had a
fun year with 3 vacations in a row (Disney,
Hilton Head, then Destin, FL). Now she
and the kids are prepping for the holidays.
Daughter Georgia (4) already has a folder
1 /2 in. thick of desired presents she's ripped
out of toy catalogs for Santa's consideration.
Claire (1) just rips up the magazines and
tries to eat the paper. They keep her busy!
Margaret Bruha is working at Abbott
Laboratories in Regulatory as a Migration
Tricia Lynn moved to CT where she is a
math specialist in a small suburban school
district. She spends a lot of time with her
niece and nephew and enjoyed her last
vacations to Rome and CA and weekend
road trips to Atlantic City and Manhattan.
Cathy Cummings bought a new home
in the Myers Park in Charlotte, which I hope
to visit soon. At that time, I plan to help
her use her left over stock of paint pens
from college to paint a bedroom or 2. She
completed the Marine Corps Marathon in
DC in late Oct. Sister Christen Cummings
'97 ran with her. Her family came to DC to
support her and they all enjoyed the beer-
based celebration that took place after.
Lucile Page Martin writes, "I'm still
desperately trying to get on the show "Wife
Swap" since I haven't had a vacation this
year and I think "exercise" pole dancing
could really catch on in the Deep South.
Carter (3) is trying to beat his buddy,
Walker Mallos, for the "Time Out" award
in preschool. At 16 mos., Mary's pageant
days are diminishing as she now growls like
a dinosaur al everyone she meets. We're
aiming for her to be a Pampers model so
she can run around naked and meet other
cute kids. Husband Bud just won "Big Fish"
at the Bassmasfer Disaster In FL, leaving
for 3 days despite his whole family having
the stomach bug at home. I'm still the
princess working 2 days a week and hoping
to solve all of life's biggest problems such
as how to get Britney her kids back and
other righteous important issues like how to
convince your kid that he can't be a roach
for Halloween." Lucile had to cut it short
there, she gets up at 5 a.m., squeezes the
OJ, and makes homemade scones and
fresh omelets to serve for the whole family.
She did ask that I tell you to please contact
"Wife Swap" at your earliest convenience at
P.O. Box 1 879, NY, NY 1 01 1 6 to nominate
your poor, deprived classmate.
Mrs. Amy Daugherty Michel
8185 E. Smooth Sumac Lane
Tucson, AZ 85710
Hello, ladies! More baby news, as many
of the girls who reported pregnancies in
the last edition have welcomed their new
children. Our class seems to be doing well
in all aspects of our lives; we've become the
successful women the girls who left SBC in
'96 hoped to be!
Paige Vaught Campion, husband
Chris, and wonderful big sister Ellie Grace
welcomed Olivia Layne on 8/04/07! Olivia
was born at 3:39 p.m., weighed 8 lbs.5 oz.
and was 20 in. long. With lots of dark hair
and big eyes, she's as beautiful as her sister,
a joy to her family, and to me. I love the
weekly pictures of the girls Paige sends us!
After a 2-hr drive to the hospital and
21 hrs of labor, Katie Campbell Brumley
and Rob finally met their new son Robert
Haywood IV! He'll be called Hayes, from his
middle name, and he arrived 9/3/07 (Labor
Day — how fitting!). Hayes was born 3 wks
early, so he was a little guy at 5 lbs.9 oz.,
but he's growing every day. He has had lots
of good SBC spoiling, including visits from
Jesse, Wynn, Buff, Hunter, Kathryn and Lee.
Katie, Rob and big sister Grayson can't wait
for everyone to meet him!
Mary Margaret Dixon Biss and
husband Andy welcomed 1st child Anna
Margaret on 9/05/07 at 5:55 a.m.! Anna
weighed 7 lbs.1 1 oz. and was 21 in. long,
with beautiful blonde hair. She had been
diagnosed with a serious heart defect when
Mary Margaret was 5 mos. pregnant, so she
and Andy were prepared when Anna was
born to have her transferred to Rochester
for open heart surgery at only 1 day old!
She recovered from surgery after being in
the hospital one month, although she'll have
to have another surgery at 6 mos. and a
final one before school age. Anna has been
a real champ and her parents think she'll
give SBC a run for their money in the class
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■hild 9/27/07 al 5:43 a.m.! Lisa,
Brad, Qum (4), and Joli Mae (2) welcomed
Emmi Rayne to their f;i is born
at home just like Joli Mae — a beautiful
Jesse Durham Strauss anil Jen Beck
Locke both moved in Aug. Jesse, Oron and
baby Anna bought a house in Alexandria.
They spent time getting estimates for
kitchen and bath remodeling, have gotten
the floors refinished, and are working on
a do-it-yourself remodeling of the powder
room on the main floor. Fun stuff! Jesse's
mom has been busy in the yard, and
painting Anna's room. Although Jesse
expects the house to be a "construction
zone" for the next few months (should
make life interesting with a 7 mo. old!) her
goal was to host Thanksgiving as usual.
She's been told this is unrealistic, but is
still going with it! Jen, Hunter, Matte, and
Thomas safely arrived in Ooltewah, TN (near
Chattanooga) for Hunter's new position with
Georgia Pacific. Congratulations to both
families on their new homes!
Melissa McLearen purchased a new
house in Thurmont, MD. Congratulations,
Anne Osterholm Pribble lives in
Evington, VA with husband Greg and
children Chandler (1 1 ), Connor (4), and
Courtney (2). Anne works for Centra Health.
Hospice of the Hills, as a Medical Social
Worker. She's on the Board of Directors of
the Campbell County Humane Society, and
fosters homeless/abused dogs until they
can get into rescue groups. Greg has started
working at SBC as the assist, tennis coach.
Robin Bettger Fishbume and Joe
bought their dream house in Greenville, SC,
and thank goodness sold their other home
after 4 mos. on the market! Daughter Gibbs
(2 Yi) is a talker just like mommy. Robin
still works for Ryland Homes as a Sales
Counselor, loves it. She was in D.C. 9/30/07
to throw a baby shower for Sarah Betz
Bucciero '97 and godson-to-be. While there,
she saw Karn Henderson '95 and Mary Byrd
Braun '95 and husband Jack and son Drew.
Drew is too cute! It was great catching up
with everyone and of course, Robin couldn't
wait for her godson to be born around
Jennifer Trzupek Pala started her
own business, becoming a jewelry advisor
for lia sophia. She has been actively selling
on her own since Aug; so far it has been a
great experience. Harrison (5) and Carter (3)
started preschool this year. What a change
that has been, but such a good one for
both boys! They enjoy it. Jennifer babysits
4 days a week for her girlfriend's son (3),
who lives down the block. Her husband Jim
has been traveling a lot for work these days.
While keeping busy with her new business,
Jennifer has also volunteered as a team
soccer mom and is in charge of planning
holiday parties at the boys' schools. She
talked with Jen Beck Locke and Paige
Vaught Campion. Catching up with them
always brings back great SBC memories.
She sends best wishes to you all for a
terrific holiday season!
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Rachael Boyd Belmonte visited with
Jessica Gindlesperger Hubbell this
summer in Smyrna, GA, and with Janie
Bradley as well. She lives with husband
Joe. son Will (7), and daughter Emma (4)
in Williamsburg, VA. Will is in 1st grade.
Rachael teaches online AP statistics, AP
calculus AB, and pre-calculus/mathematical
analysis through Virtual Virginia, a part of the
VA Department of Education. She attached
a happy family photo. I wish I could share
In Amy Daugherty Michel family
news, Xander (8 mos) is sitting up, rolling
over, scooting all around, and getting ready
to crawl — let the baby proofing begin!
He'll be given even more incentive to get
moving when my niece Graysen (17 mos)
arrives for Thanksgiving, and he has to try
to keep up with her walking, running, and
climbing. Sam continues with both work
and school, which keeps us on a tight
schedule, but thankfully he gets plenty of
time off from both during the holidays. In
Sept., Xander and I traveled to OR, so he
and my dad could meet for the 1 st time. It
was a wonderful visit! While there, we spent
a night with Melissa "Mo" Broderick
Eaton and family. Although we e-mail often,
I hadn't seen Mo since her '98 wedding to
husband Stu. It was great to see them both
and to meet their sons Miles (5) and Nat (15
mos)! Mo and Stu were expecting their 3rd
son, Flynn around 12/12.1 keep in touch
with Imogen Slade and Mary Copeland
Dellinger and was happy to reconnect
with Beth Garlough '97 last spring, after she
read about Xander's pending arrival in the
Alumnae Magazine. It really is a great way
for all of us to stay connected! Best wishes
to each of you for a safe and happy holiday
season, and as always, I look forward to
hearing from you for the next edition!
Mrs. Kerri R. Burtner
601 N Rosina Ave
Somerset, PA 15501
.. 2006: 7/(cw 16-18, 3,00$
Cynthia Bumgardner Puckett
7123 High Street
Floyds Knobs, IN 47119
Hello, Friends! Reunion preparation is
underway and you've been assigned a
classmate on the Reunion Hospitality
Committee (RHC) who will be your primary
contact for all things reunion! Our 1 0th
reunion is May 16-18, 2008 and we don't
want anyone left out! Be sure to update
your info on the SBC Alumnae web site and
e-mail me if you have not been contacted by
the RHC. Be sure to watch for reunion mail
Tricia Mohana Summers and husband
Brian have started their own company
called SummerTech Inc., a technology
management company. Their 1st project
is SpotlessAir: www.spotlessair.com.
Additionally, Tricia is a partner in a Stroller
Strides franchise, owning the rights to VA
Beach and Chesapeake. Her group has 10
classes a week; it's a great way to work out
with your child/children rather than gym
daycare. "My kids love it and we've met so
many great moms. We have 5 instructors
and we're all certified in pre- and post-
natal fitness. Stroller Strides was founded
out in San Diego 6 years ago and is taking
off. To locate a class near you go to www.
strollerstrides.com. Our website is www.
strollerstrides.net/virginiabeach." Son James
(4) loves preschool and absorbs everything.
Jack (20 mos) is doing and saying many
new things every day. Tricia's sisters live
in Boston now; Katie an undergrad and
Anne '04 is in a graduate program both at
Emerson. Her brother works for her parents
in LA. Tricia goes to Atlanta occasionally to
ride and is looking forward to reunion!
Bobbie Hedrick Atristain s book
Haunted People. Haunted Minds transitioned
from an eBook to Amazon.com.
Charlotte Higgins is working as a
cardiac nurse at UNC.
Joanne Hopkins bicycled her way
through Norway with a group. She keeps in
regular touch with Erin Wortley Valliere
and Erikka Sund Neal. Erin says, "Life is
good and busy. I love my new job, but have
to travel about once a month. I have some
sad children while I'm gone, but they're
adjusting well and staying busy. The children
and I watched Joanne do a 2 mi. lake swim
in Sept. and then had lunch afterwards. I
hope to make it to LA to see Erikka after
Christmas. Our most exciting news is Joe
and I expect #3 in Mar, about 4 wks after
Erikka! Clearly, we didn't think ourselves
Melissa Pembrooke wrote: "I live in
Philadelphia with husband Pete (VMI '98)
and 2 children, Sarah (6) and Peter (3).
Aside from volunteering at church and
school, I teach piano lessons to 1 5 children.
I can't believe my students tripled this year!
I guess I need to raise my rate!"
WEDDING NEWS: Hobby Holmes
married on 10/12/07 in Florence, Italy
(where she studied JYA). Mary Friberg
attended. Hobby and husband were
planning to leave Florence and head to
South Africa for a 2-wk honeymoon in the
wine country and on safari. "Many, many
thanks to Prof. Whitcombe for opening my
eyes to the history and beauty of Florence!"
BABY NEWS: Cynthia Bumgardner
Puckett and husband Darrin welcomed
Abram James to their family on 8/7/07.
Sister Virginia (2) is thrilled!
Helen Vivienne was born to Kelly
Bowman Greenwood and husband Wayne
on 9/28/07 weighing in at 7 lbs 15 oz, 20.5
EXPECTING BABIES in '08: Erikka Sund
Neal. Erin Wortley Valliere. Mamie
Ms. Lindsey (Neef) Kelly
15012 Ashby Way East
Carrollton, VA 23314
Devon Vasconcellos Bijansky started
doing short triathlons in '06 and had a full
season last spring and summer, building up
to an Olympic-distance race in Oct. She and
Steve visited family in DE in Sept. and ran a
half-marathon in Philadelphia before Devon
continued to VA to visit Christine Bump
'00, Lindsey Kelly (and little Catherine!),
Anne-Claire '98, Sophie '02, and Celeste
Wackenhut '08, and others at Homecoming.
Kim Bolz-Andolsek was getting ready
for baby #3 due near Thanksgiving. Kate (4)
and Leo (3) are anxious to meet their new
baby brother or sister. Kim promoted SBC
at the National College Fair in Minneapolis,
MN this Oct. She got to meet some SBC
alum and possible new SBC vixens while
at the fair.
Rachel Bratlie is finishing her final year
of psychiatry residency at the Medical U. of
SC. She serves as Chief Resident and enjoys
the added responsibilities. She returned
from a national convention in New Orleans
focused on the mental health of disaster
victims. She visited some of the areas hit
worst by Katrina and was amazed that so
much devastation remains 2 years later. She
and husband Chris hope to spend the year
following residency working in New Zealand.
A mini-reunion was held in NYC this winter. L-R: Hobby Homes '98,
Sam Plainer '98, Mary Friberg '98, Carol Skriloff '00
Amy Gibbs Brown gave birth to
Malcolm Bailey on 5/1 1/07. He's a total
meatball! 95% for length! He eats a ton of
food and is the opposite of his older brother
Cooper (2), who won't eat a thing! Amy's
husband Kenton is doing a post-doc at
NIST and has published a paper already.
He hopes to publish more before the end
of his position. Amy hopes to move back to
the east as soon as they can. She misses
interior design work. To keep busy (and
sane) she has been involved in BouldReach
(a women's organization that promotes
health and education for women around
the world). She has also been involved in
planning a big family reunion.
Sarah Dorminey lives in Tallahassee,
FL (yes, it's too hot). She's working toward
her Certificate of Urban Design at FL State
U. and is an adjunct professor at FL ASM U.
She graduated in '03 from VT with a M.A.
in landscape architecture and is working on
her registration exams. She is still dating
C.L., who was at the reunion.
Brenda Elze got out of the US Air
Force after serving 6.5 yrs. She has a job
with Johnson&Johnson in Orlando, FL
as a marketing director/sales manager
for medical devices and is excited about
the move! She also spent time at SBC's
Homecoming with Devon Vasconcellos.
Christine Bump '00 and Sarah Lester '00!
Valerie Kite and Derek welcomed Jacob
Gideon 7/1 7/07! Jacob was 8 lbs.
Sarah Kingsley Foley resigned from
coaching cheerleading atVAWesleyan Coll.
to spend more time with son Cole (2 in 3/08).
She still stays involved with cheerleading
by choreographing for teams around the
state and has joined an open all-star sguad
at VA Wild. They compete in VA, NC and
MD. Prof. Horwege is pleased that Sarah
and Cole attend a weekly playgroup for
German speaking mothers and children.
She went to visit Brandi Whitley Hilder
and attended SBC Homecoming. Meghan
Pollard Leypoldt and Sarah are throwing
Brandi a baby shower! Sarah has had several
playdates with Lillie Vought Tiller and her 2
daughters Virginia Ames and Claudia.
Lindsey Neef Kelly and husband Sean
spend most of their time running after
Catherine (3/1/07), baptized in Sept. Work is
going well for Lindsey, who looks forward to
going to Farmville for an injunction hearing
in Nov. and who frequently travels around
the eastern half of the state to foreclosure
sales. She started cooking more often again,
including making all of Catherine's baby
While balancing work and grad school
at Duke, Meghan Pollard Leypoldt
has been promoted to Assoc. Director of
Admissions for The Duke MBA Daytime
program. This May, Meghan spent 3 wks in
Italy enrolled in a graduate course where
she studied gender imagery represented in
art architecture. Her fantastic trip took her to
cities such as Rome, Florence, Siena, Lucca,
Assi, Pisa, Bologna, Todi and Orvieta. She
and husband Steve spent the week of the
4th of Jul. touring CA where they started
off in L.A. and drove up the Pacific Coast
Highway in a convertible through Big Sur,
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spent a few days in Napa and Sonoma wine
tasting and time in San Francisco.
It's another girl tor the Majors! Jen
Schmidt Major and husband Michael
(USMA '99) along with daughters Anna (7)
and Emily (5) welcomed Allison Joan to
their family on 9/20/07. Allies first visitors
were her aunt Kim Schmidt Miscavage '01
and husband Brian. She looks forward to
meeting aunt Abby Schmidt '00— the girls'
fairy godmother — this Nov. on her lirst
break from business school at Boston U.
Heather McLeod and husband TJ
Griffin welcomed their 1st baby. Eamon
Francis, on 9/30/07. in Austin, TX. He was
3 Yi wks early. Their cat Squeaky is not too
happy with the new addition, but everyone
else is head over heels in love.
Shannon Smith still lives in Garner,
NC and commutes to Fayetteville to work
at Cape Fear Animal Hospital as an assoc.
vet. She went on a missions trip to Russia
through Children's Hopechest and with
others from Covenant Church International.
There, she visited orphanages and shared
the love of Christ with them. It was a great
experience and she hopes to go back in
Tina Hansel Snover has been in
Lynchburg since 1 2/06 with husband David
and daughter Brenae (1). She was the asst.
soccer coach this fall at SBC and enjoyed
being back on campus! If you haven't
seen it yet, the renovated gym is great and
well overdue! If you pass through town
you always have a home at The Snovers'
so pop in! She was hosting Kris Harris,
Melissa Henning Hill. Meredith Tillery
and Erin Wright East '00 for a mini-reunion
weekend in Nov. They hoped to have
dinner at La Carretta with Sarah Elkins
Ince. Other than that, she still works from
home with Partylite and keeps up with her
daughter. Tina encourages everyone to get
on facebook.com\ She enjoys keeping in
touch with people this way and said we
need more Niner's on there; contact her if
you need help!
Lillie Voght Tillar continues to love
being a stay-at-home mom in VA Beach to
daughter Virginia Ames (4) and new baby
Claudia (6 mos).
Angela Walton Carpita is teaching h. s.
science and art and was happily married on
6/23/07. She and husband Christopher live
in Annapolis, MD. Angela was overjoyed to be
reunited with Jessica Tinfo who attended
the wedding. Kibby Jane Bryenton Fergusson
'00 could not travel from her husband's
Navy post in England to attend, nor could
Astrid Liverman '98 make the trip from her
residence in Hawaii Mary Lea Harris is still
a dear friend who couldn't attend.
Lindsay Hicks Watrous works part
time as a PR consultant from home. She
and husband Tim are happily expecting their
1st baby in 4/08. Her 2 German shepherds,
Sage and Maggie, will have some tough
adjustments once they're no longer the
cutest kids in the house.
Elizabeth Davis Baker
1008 S Walnut Drive
Smithfield, NC 27577
Happy New Year, Class of 2000! We all must
have been busy with the holidays when
class notes were due— I didn't hear from as
many of you as I usually do! Nevertheless,
our class has been busy with weddings,
babies and jobs. Here goes. . .
Kibbyjane Bryenton Fergusson and
husband Donnie welcomed their 2nd child
Anna Margaret, born in England on 8/31/07
in just 45 min! Kibby says all is well for her
growing family, as big brother lain (2) loves
his little sister. They plan to leave England
1 1/07 to head for Japan for 2 years!
Alison Stockdale and husband Adam
are expecting their 1 st little one in 2/08.
While they don't know yet whether it's a boy
or girl, they're busy preparing for the baby's
Anne-Ryan Sinnot Craig still works at
JMU. Daughter Abbey (17 mos) is talking
up a storm. Anne-Ryan is planning to take
Abbey for her 2nd visit to SBC soon. She
sees Kimberly Earehart Coleman and her
family often. Abbey loves to visit and play
with Kimberly's daughter Claire, so the girls
try to get together as much as they can.
Melissa Fauber Carter and husband
Jack (H-SC '00) have purchased a new
home. She says, "We're doing some work
on it right now but hope to be moved in by
Christmas! It's still in Amherst County, only
about 10 min. away from where we live
now. Our daughter Clara just turned 2, so
we stay very busy trying to keep up with
her! I'm in my 2nd year of teaching 3rd,
4th and 5th grade math at Temperance
Elem. in the county after 6 years of teaching
2nd grade. Carla Fitzgerald Wimer '01 and
Lindsey Wydner '05 are 2 of my colleagues
at the school, so SBC is well-represented."
Kim Harden Fella writes from Macon,
GA where she continues to work as an
elem. counselor. She was able to get back
to SBC in 9/07 for Homecoming, and got
to see some of our classmates, including
Kristen Lawlor Steege. Kim reports that
Kristen is expecting a baby girl in 1 2/07!
Kim's husband Chad will be returning from
his 6-month deployment with the Navy to
Western Africa in 1 1/07. He will remain
stationed in Jacksonville, FL through 3/08,
when he has to report to one of the nuclear-
powered carriers in Norfolk, VA.
Christine Bump is excited to announce
her engagement to Elias Papasawas, who
proposed to her on Monument Hill during a trip
to SBC! They are planning a traditional Greek
Orthodox wedding for 3/8/08 at a cathedral
in DC. Christine says, "Elias is the only
person I have ever met who truly embodies
the American dream— his family came here
with literally nothing as refugees from Cyprus
when he was 12, and he is now the founder,
Chairman, and CEO of Elderlife Financial,
LLC." Christine is a 4th-year associate at
her law firm, where she concentrates on
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Despite the long hours, she still loves the work
and can't wait to be married!
Betsy Bagg writes: "2007 has been
crazy, hectic, and fantastic for me so far! I
started off the year as the casting associate
on tin: pilot tor Jimmy Smits' new CBS show
called "Cane." Then I finally got my first paid
writing gig— writing for the Emmy-winning
mini-series "The Starter Wife" for the USA
Network. My introduction to professional
writing had its ups and downs, but it was
so great to finally put that creative writing
degree to good use. The big news is that I
sold my lirst TV show to Lionsgate Studio!
We are currently in development, but hoping
to go into production soon, and if all goes as
planned, the show will air in Fall '08. 1 will of
course keep you all updated so that you can
tune in! The show sold the same week of
my 30th birthday, so I got to celebrate in Las
Vegas with 20 friends, including Amy Scott,
Allison Davis and Dina Orbison 1 would
like to give a special "Holla" to my former
SBC roommate Amy who has been a spring
board for my ideas for the past decade and
was a big inspiration for my show."
As for me, Elizabeth Davis Baker, I'm
(still) working on my M.A. and teaching at
the community college in Smithfield, NC.
Brian and I continue to spoil our 2 "children"
(cats Lucy and Charlie), and will celebrate
our 4th anniversary this spring. Hope to hear
from more of you next time!
Ms. Amanda Campbell Wright
19304 Anna Kate Ct.
Pflugerville, TX 78660
Whitney Smith Jordan s brother, Bret
Smith, died in 4/07 due to severe head
trauma from a motorcycle accident. Please
keep Whitney and her family in your
thoughts and prayers. On a happy note,
Whitney and husband Chas planned to
move to Lexington, KY, in the fall/winter.
Chas's company was transferring them and
they were excited about the move. They'll be
close to Whitney's family in Louisville.
Sarah Houston Kenning is still in
Albany, NY, and has been busy with work
and being a board member for Junior
League of Albany. She and husband Tyler
(W&L '01) are excited about a vacation to
FL. She visited with Christine Rangel and
Anna Lundberg at Christine's beautiful
apartment is NYC. Both Anna and Christine
are well. Sarah was visited by Sarah
Belanger who lives in DC and enjoys work
with Georgetown U. She talks to Katie
Wood Rea, who expects another child,
and Lys Burdette Paulhus, who moved
Sarah will visit with Natasha Nickodem
in winter, and Meghan Frier Stawasz in
her new home outside Boston. Natasha
lives in Chicago and works for the Art
Institute of Chicago as an Assistant Director
of Development. She visited Stephanie
Sherrard in Indianapolis.
Ameka Reeves Cruz and husband
Scott welcomed son Jeremiah Shore
)/07, |ust 2 days shy of their 5th
anniversary! Jeremiah weighed 9 lb
and was 21 .25 in. long. He joins sister
Timbre, who started kindergarten. Ameka
still teaches Special Education math,
science, and study skills at Jefferson Fori
High in Forest, VA. Scott still works as a
design engineer at a local company and
planned to finish his Mechanical Engineering
degree in 12/07. Ameka and Scott had
dinner with Angela Aiken Cameron and
husband Carl in Lynchburg, VA. Ameka and
her family also had dinner with Liz Hyland
Swann '00 and family in Farmville, VA,
Sophia Rowlands received her J.D.
from U. of the Pacific, McGeorge School
of Law and took the CA Bar this past
summer. She took a position with a firm in
Sacramento, CA, and practices in the land
use and natural resources division.
Sonya DeConinck married Michael
Tolson on 7/2/06. Maureena Robertson-
Crawford '00 attended. Sonya works full
time for Tyco Corp. in Finance and has
started her own business part time as a
free lance photographer shooting weddings,
portraits and fine art in her home town,
Lauren Kaplan married Cary Slobin
on 9/2/07 in Dallas. Her bridesmaids
included Elizabeth McGovern Brann and
Alison Brown Breene. Other attending
SBC alumnae were Hillary Herlehy,
Laurna Kaatz Lauren Kovatch Long
and Christy Holterman Ziegler Everyone
enjoyed catching up. Lauren's daughter Ava
(3) was a flower girl.
Amy Sherman and husband Christopher
welcomed 1st child John Christopher this
year. They still reside in NYC.
Nia Fonow married Matthew Ravenstahl
on 8/4/07. She's now stepmother to
teenager Maris and pre-teen Seth, and
has become a soccer and football mom
overnight! Their wedding was hoedown style,
which was exciting for the British side of the
family. Ariana Wolynec-Werner was maid
of honor; Kim Schmidt Miscavage and
Katy Kruschwitz Carricato were present.
After graduating Order of the Coif
from Tulane Law School in May, Ariana
Wolynec-Werner skipped the bar exam
and went to China with Nia instead, in the
international version of a bachelorette.
After the longest move ever out of New
Orleans, some solid couch time in Nia's
basement, and getting hosed by a condo
developer, Ariana and her cat Kit-Mo moved
to a new place off U St. in DC. She ran into
Nicholle Baugher while furnishing her
apartment at IKEA, She also started as a
Presidential Management Fellow within the
US Department of Homeland Security, in the
Office of Intelligence and Analysis' policy
shop. She says one of her new colleagues
is reminiscent of SBC Greek Professor Eric
Casey! She gets together not often enough
with Amanda Campbell Wright and family,
and hopes to see other alumnae in the DC
area. Ariana returned twice to SBC this
summer, once with Nia to have dinner with
Dean Green and his wife, and the other to
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participate in the Classics, Philosophy, and
Religion Advisory Council meeting during
Homecoming. Ariana enjoys reconnecting
with alumnae on the professional networking
In Nov., Ariana and Nia planned to visit
Kim Schmidt Miscavage and husband
Brian, who moved to Palmyra, PA, in
Sept. Brian got out of the Navy and is
the Electrical Maintenance Supervisor at
the Three Mile Island Nuclear Plant near
Harrisburg, PA. Kim is looking for a job and
getting their new home decorated. Kim
became an aunt again on 9/20/07. Sister
Jen Schmidt Major '99 gave birth to her
3rd daughter, Allison Joan; both mother and
daughter are great.
Jana Putnam married Erik Sayler in
Spanaway, WA, on 8/4/07. They live in
Tallahassee, FL. Jana was licensed as a CPA
in spring and works in the tax department of
Thomas Howell Ferguson, one of the largest
CPA firms in Tallahassee.
Megan Thomas Rowe and husband
have been enjoying their 1st child Madelyn
Laine, born 2/1/07. Megan enjoyed seeing
Sarah Kingsley Foley '99 and Rami
Achterberg Heers at Elizabeth Finch's
house over summer when she hosted an
event for prospective students and incoming
Amy Whitney married Brian Rippey
on 9/8/07 on her family's southern MD
farm. They reside in Westminster, MD. SBC
guests at the wedding included Katherine
Woodson Bates Melanie Naquin
Mayberry Catherine Holswade Asher
Elizabeth Hamshaw Mitchell '00, Lindsey
Custer '00, and Kristy Chatham '00, whose
own wedding was 1 0/26/07. Amy's sister,
Catherine Cox '08, was maid of honor.
Caroline LaBarre was in her last
semester at the Thunderbird School
of Global Management and planned to
graduate in 12/07 with an M.BA in Global
Management. She has accepted a full-time
Assistant Brand Manager position with
Henkel, a European CPG company, at their
North American headquarters in Scottsdale,
AZ. In 8/07, Caroline's boyfriend Tim
Porthouse proposed to her at the top of the
Eiffel Tower in Paris. Of course, she said
yes. A summer '09 wedding in San Diego
Erin Alberda is still training for the '08
Paralympics in Beijing China; she hopes to
have lots of friendly faces in the crowd if
she makes the US Team! She has 2 major
qualifiers left before the team is chosen.
She has made another big life change: she
has gone back to grad school for traditional
Chinese medicine. Erin is excited at how her
traditional and modern physics education
applies to this ancient form of healing!
Katherine Morse in southeast GA is
working on her condo on St. Simons Island.
She has enjoyed working at the Jeykll
Island Club Hotel at the front desk and in
the gift shop. Kat is working on a certificate
in hospitality management, while starting
up her art business and website, www.
Erin Bronson was engaged in Jun. to
Josh Phillips (H-SC). They're getting married
in Key West on 5/1 0/08. Sister Meg married
Kyle Braddy on 9/22/07. Erin was maid of
honor; Mary Donelson Robbins was a
bridesmaid. Jamie Solimando came to the
Thanks to Amanda for letting me be
her relief editor and thanks to everyone for
sending notes! Keep the news coming! Best,
7025 Holly Bark Drive
Midlothian, VA 23112
Margaret Brook Tucker
409 Eagle Bend Drive
Meg Fronk is putting her M.A.Ed to good
use as a special education instructor.
Amanda Barbour-Johnston has taken
a new job with Farmville Baptist Church as
Associate Pastor. She and husband John
moved to Farmville this past fall.
Ashley Trantham recently moved to
the Raleigh, NC area and now works as
director of Hallmarks Administration and
Development for the NC Nurses Association.
Mary Beth Colvin is still teaching at
Liberty High School (this is her 6th year) and
is coaching field hockey as well. She resides
in Midland, VA.
Arney Walker is doing event planning
for a catering company in DC and
enjoying the variety it brings. She recently
purchased a condo and is looking forward to
Misa Sarmento is living and working
in Baltimore, MD as a Physician Assistant
doing internal medicine, and works part time
in trauma. Misa also bought a house.
Laura Reither Marcotte just finished
her Ph.D in biochemistry from Harvard and
has started working at Clark&Elbing LLP,
an intellectual property law firm in Boston.
She is a registered patent agent and will
start law school this fall. Laura randomly ran
into Anya Moon and her new husband in
Boston this fall!
Emily Harris Geary and her husband
are loving life in Lexington, KY and the new
addition to their family, Brooke, born in 4/07.
Emily recently caught up with Karen Story '04,
Juliana De Santis and Megan Murphy
Christina Kingsley married Christopher
Link 10/29/07 in Great Falls, VA. Lindsay
Keller, Megan Ogilvie and Jill Tremblay
all attended the wedding.
Regan Blackwood ran the Nike Women's
Marathon in San Francisco this Oct.
Melissa Rudder is working at the Union
Square Cafe in NYC and is a board member
of their Community Investment Group. She
recently traveled to DC where she worked
with Habitat for Humanity. For Dec. she
planned a 3-week trip to India. In '08 she
hopes to make a big move to San Francisco
to get involved in the art world.
Elizabeth Waring McCracken and
husband Chris (H-SC '03) have been
married for almost a year and are busily
preparing for his medical residency
starting in 6/08. They are not sure where
they will be moving yet but are hoping for
somewhere out west. Currently they reside
in Portsmouth, VA. Liz is teaching dance at a
h.s. in Newport News.
Emily Yerby and her partner have
moved to Boston and could not be happier!
She writes the cat and dog would be
happier if they had their own places. Emily
has a new job and is continuing her work as
a personal chef, with plans to travel back to
MX soon for another mission trip.
Stacey Armentrout Fallah and
husband Eric are looking forward to their 1st
child, a boy due in 2/08! They plan to name
him Jackson after Stacey's grandfather, who
passed away in Jul. Rachel Roth Allred
will be the godmother.
Kim Martin is happily engaged to
Timothy Baskind of Richmond. Living in
Richmond allows her to keep in touch with
Christi Rose Hart (who is an attorney with
a firm in Richmond that specializes in real
estate transactions) and her baby Kendall,
and Tamara Young Metzfield and her
little girl Emma, as well as Lara Hansen '03.
Christi and Kim were able to catch up with
Sarah Ryder and Alissa Cline Berry '03
at Christi 's baby shower. Kim also keeps
up with Christine Rangel '01 while in NYC
and Megan Beley Withrow '01 in FL. Kim's
dad is on the board of directors at SBC and
successfully made it through emergency
heart surgery. She thanks everyone for
their thoughts and prayers. Kim has 3 dogs:
Macy, Tucker, and Grayson, and 2 horses:
Beau and Brody.
Sophie Wackenhut Szymanski and
her husband celebrated the birth of their
1 st son, Hudson, on 5/23/2007. They are
enjoying Atlanta and welcome the change
of pace from NYC. Sophie and Christi were
able to catch up at Homecoming this year.
Heather Minor Gelormine and her
husband welcomed their 2nd child Anthony
Michael on 7/30/07 at Ft. Carson in
Colorado Springs, CO. Big sister Brenna (3)
was happy to meet her new little brother.
Meg Anderson has left teaching and is
now living and working in DC as the catering
manager for Sofitel Lafayette Square.
Katherine Moncure Stuart and
husband Harrison recently moved to
Knoxville, TN, where he works at The
Episcopal School of Knoxville. Katherine is
working for The Education Group.
Eliza Chenault married William Hamnett
III in Charleston, SC 9/1/07. SBC girls in
attendance included: Carolyn Eney '03, Meg
Foley '03, Sara Kemper '03, Sara Miller,
Natasha Ungerer Ashleigh Kresslein '04,
and Alicia Hart Palmore '00. Eliza, Will,
Walker (their yellow lab) and Chloe (their
horse) live in the fan district of Richmond. In
her free time, Eliza still rides and shoes on
the local "A" circuit.
Brook Tucker and I, Lori Nilan, are
enjoying our role as class secretaries! Brook
is busy preparing for her 6/08 wedding to
Trey and will begin nursing school at the
beginning of the year. She recently moved
to Charlotte, NC, where she and Trey have
bought a townhouse. I am still working for
my parent's lighting showroom in Farmville,
VA, and enjoy the interesting dynamic
of working for your parents. Andrew and
I recently celebrated our 2nd wedding
anniversary and are enjoying living in
Midlothian with Bridget, our Cavalier King
Brook and I recently saw Denise
McDonald Kelly Monical and Maria
Thacker at Ashley Johnson's ('03) wedding
this past Aug. in Charlotte. Denise and Maria
are both busy planning their respective
weddings in 5/08. Denise and her fiance
Temple Gentry (H-SC '03) have purchased a
house in Midlothian, VA, where they live with
Bentley, Denise's Standard Poodle. Maria
and her fiance Matthew Weiss are enjoying
the city life in Atlanta with their Springer
Thank you to everyone who submitted
class notes. Brook and I look forward to the
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Danielle Ross Oberg welcomed niece
Fallon Mary into the world on her own
birthday last Apr. Danielle and husband
took a road trip from VA to ME, stopping
in Philadelphia and Boston. They visited
Sarah Canovaca Poirier and her family
at their home in Biddeford, ME. In Oct.,
Megan Doughtie came to visit Danielle in
VA Beach. Danielle started back with her old
company, World Travel Holdings, 6 months
ago and has been promoted to Human
Resource Representative for their VA Beach
office. She began working this fall on her
M.A.Ed in Tourism and Recreation at Old
Shirley Pinson lives in Blacksburg, VA,
and teaches m.s. civics. She loves being
a teacher— a rewarding experience! She
keeps in contact with SBC friends: Kylene
Smith helped her move this summer and
prior to the move, they met for dinner in
Charlotte, NC. Shirley, along with Amanda
Crighton, will serve a bridesmaid at Lana
Davis' spring '08 wedding.
Congratulations to Melissa Gist who
announced her engagement to Josh Mundy
(JMU) in 6/07. They plan a 6/08 wedding.
Kelly Kaufman Hughes received her
CLU designation (Chartered Life Underwriter)
in Aug. She wanted to report that Nicole
Crowder is getting married in 6/08.
Ingrid Zensen is living in Portland,
OR, teaching Spanish to K-8 grade. She
is working on her M.A.in Teaching at the
U. of Portland. She just got back from San
Francisco where she went to Oktoberfest with
Michaela Krohn and Emma-Kate Payne
Christy Pitts is in veterinary school at
OK St. She plans to graduate in May before
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reunion. She met with Sara Kemper In
KY and Allison Funkhouser In WV, and
spent time with Stephanie Jefferson this
Katherine Carlson has moved to NYC
where she'll take on a new job as a Gallery
Assistant at Peter Freeman, Inc. She will
receive her M.A. In Contemporary Art from
Sotheby's Institute In '08.
Hailey Hickman Hermosa has
accepted a job with the American Cancer
Society in Honolulu, HI. She is excited to
start her job as a Community Manager of
Quinn Smith Hall works for Central
VA Community Services as a therapist and
Case Manager after receiving her M.A.Ed
in Community Counseling from Lynchburg
Coll. in 12/05.
Congratulations to Olevia Neary
Carothers, who is President of the
Richmond Alumnae Club!
Grace Anna Farnsworth
PO Box 73
Sweet Briar, VA 24595
Ms. Amanda Jane Watts
4223 S 12th Rd, Apt. 1
Arlington, VA 22204
I hope you're all well and enjoying the
I'd like to say congrats to all who got
married! Sheena Belcher married Matthew
Hubbard 6/1 6/07 in Abingdon, VA. Grace
Farnsworth '04, Amanda Palmore
Michelle Badger '06, Beth Farnsworth.
Denva Jackson, and Amanda Watts
were bridesmaids. Susanna Knouse, Blair
Cooper, Nicole Crowder '02, and many
other SBC alumnae attended. Sheena and
Matthew live in Charlottesville, VA.
Jan Jennings married Kerry Need
7/7/07 in Layfayette, IN. Her bridesmaids
included Ashley Rogers Christina
Marchetti Joyce Scott, and Amanda
Watts. The lovely couple resides in CA.
Hilary Cooper married Matthew Cook
8/25/07; they live in Richmond, VA.
Brentz Basten East is expecting
a bundle of joy near Valentine's Day!
Congrats! She and husband Matt bought
a house and are busy painting walls and
getting settled in.
Sara Zobel went to work for and train
with International 3-Day Event Rider Heidi
White Carty. She is located in beautiful
Unionville, PA, for summer and fall. Then,
she'll go to her home town of Aiken, SC for
fall and winter. Heidi was selected for the
2008 Olympic team! She looks forward to
traveling with her to the Olympics in China
next summer. She and her event horse
Trivial Pursuit had a competitive season in
Aiken, SC, this past winter/spring. She's
doing very well.
Cathy Sobke is entering her 2nd year of
law school down In FL.
Katie Barker works for Busch Gardens
lull time as one ot the stage directors/
managers. She loves every minute. She also
bought a new car!
Joyce Scott works for Tufts Realty
Associates, a real estate team with Keller
Williams Realty. She has moved to Duluth,
GA: loves it! She attended Jan Jennings
wedding in IN and saw Amanda Watts,
Christina Marchetti anil Ashley Rogers
From Ashley Forehand: "I'd like to let
everyone know that I'm selling real estate
in VA! However, I can help people in any
state! If you're looking to buy or sell, call me
and let me set you up with an agent in your
area! It would help my business grow! I can
be reached at 804-731 -2755."
Mindy Wolfrom finished her M.A. in
philosophy at Boston Coll. last spring, and
is starting another M.A. in Greek & Latin
at BC. Over summer, she met with Denva
Jackson and Nell Champoux for a
boating adventure in Western MA. She has a
new man in the house: Buddy the kitty cat.
Heather Wright is finishing her last
year of grad school, working as a program
specialist at the U.S. Dept. of State, and
awaiting entrance into the Foreign Service.
I Amanda Jane Watts, am finishing
my final year at GWU for my M.A. in forensic
science. I work for the Secret Service
in their Forensics Division and have an
internship at Arlington PD in their robbery/
homicide unit. Never a dull moment! If you
have news to share, send me an email at
email@example.com, or you can facebook-
message me, and I'll include them in the
next magazine. Take care!
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Sara Hoverson went back to school for a
culinary arts degree at the Midwest Culinary
Institute. She now lives in OH.
Meg Shortlidge Freda and husband Lou
work in the Patent Department at Qualcomm
Incorporated. They bought their 1 st house
in Aug., and live in north San Diego County.
Meg will be traveling back to the east coast
in Nov. for a conference and plans to rendez-
vous with Jo Meade, Abby Adams, Jenn
Wiley and other classmates in the greater
Baltimore/D.C. area. Meg wanted to let all of
her classmates know that if anyone plans to
visit southern CA, look her up!
Jennifer Jones Collins and husband
Thomas Collins (VMI), live on the Armypost
of Fort Campbell on the border of KY and
TN. It's beautiful there, but it's not VA! They
both consider VA to be home and they miss
it! Jennifer continues to teach 8th grade
science in Montgomery County, TN. Tommy
was deployed with the 1 01 st Airborne
Division on 9/1 7/07. He'll spend 1 5 mos
in nkrlt, Iraq, serving our country. He's due
home in 12/08. Needless to say, it's tough
for Jennifer to get used to living alone with
her husband so tar away, but with close
friends she's making it through. Please keep
them both In your thoughts and prayers!
In 8/0/ Henslee Evans started teaching
kindergarten as an Associate Teacher (basically
an assistant) at Ashley Hall which is an all-
girls school and where she went to school in
Charleston, SC. She enjoys it very much!
Nicole Brandt still works at the AK
SeaLile Center. They had a great summer
with 2 historical firsts: The first red-legged
kittiwake chick and the first steller's eider
duckling ever breed in captivity, both were
adorable! Her next work projects involve
eider (sea duck) conservation education
and outreach in Barrow, AK (North Slope)
and learning to drive a boat! She moved to
a new apartment with incredible mountain
views; feel free to visit! The snow hasn't hit
yet, but she's sure it will start soon, some
good skiing with it, hopefully. She's applying
to graduate school for marine ecology and
looking for marine field research jobs/
internships. Oh! She also cut all her hair off,
it's really super short. If anyone's interested
in donation, they should look at Pantene's
Beautiful Lengths Campaign! Nicki will
visit the east coast for Christmas, can't
wait! (Although it's doubtful it'll be a white
Christmas there, she thinks she'll have her
fill of snow in AK).
Kerri Faust and Melissa Massy
celebrated their one year anniversary of
living in Denver, CO with a dinner out in the
Highlands with Judy Grant '66 and Newell
and Nancy Kirbo '05. The bunch attended
a fundraiser for the Four Mile Historic Park.
Fun was had by all! Kerri and Melissa
have a new home in north Denver and a
new addition to their lives in the form of
a goldendoodle puppy named Toby. They
traveled to Nashville, Tennessee for the
wedding of Briana Beckham Pitt '04. There,
they visited Anne Benham Willson '04 and
Anna Nicholaisen Graham '04 — a good time
to reconnect with SBC alumnae. As always,
visitors are welcome in Denver!
Jessica Herschman moved in Aug.
from Ashburn, VA to Columbia, SC to join
City Year Columbia. City Year is a nonprofit
that brings together 1 7-24 year olds for 1
year (1 ,700 hrs) of community service. It's
a division of AmeriCorps, think domestic
Peace Corp. Her primary assignment is
working in a Title 1 elem. school doing
one-on-one literacy tutoring and so far it
has been very inspiring. She's applying to
grad schools, mainly on the west coast and
plans to pursue a M.A. in social work. She
hopes everyone is well and if you're ever in
Columbia get in contact with her!
Jessica Taylor is pursuing her M.S. in
Clinical Psychology at Millersville U. in PA.
Suzy Harvey Hodge is settling into
married life with husband Phil in their home
in Fuquay Varina, NC. She's in the middle
of her 2nd year of the Biomathematics
program at NCSU, while her husband is in
the middle of an on-the-job training period
■nee dept. She was
to get to see Pat Rlcheson '05 at
the Garlic Festival at Rebec Vineyards in
Oct. and several other SBC girls. Othi
school, she spends her time .
i/y cat Blnx, and plays her |)
She can't wait to catch up with friends and
over the holidays.
Karina Fernandez has a new job.
She works for the United States-Mexico
Border Health Assoc. (USMBHA) as a
Technical Assistance Expert. "The project
I'm working on is called Promovision, which
is a capacity building assistance (CBA)
program developed and implemented by
the USMBHA and funded by the Centers
for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
to strengthen community access to and
utilization of HIV prevention services. I
started last week so I'm just getting the
hang of it. We provide training, workshops,
and develop manuals for HIV prevention
programs. I got a puppy, a little 6-mo.-old
basset and he's a terror and a half, but I
love him even if he chews on my shoes.
Well hope all is well with everyone, ciao and
Molly Mitchell is working on her M.BA
at Hamline U. in St. Paul, MN. She's getting
a certificate in Dispute Resolution from
the Law school at Hamline too. Besides
school, she manages an Independent Senior
Living Apartment complex and is a fashion
consultant at STLEDLIFE in Minneapolis.
In free time she's attempting to continue
developing Arabic in hopes to go abroad
after graduation in '09.
Allison Martell is settling in to her new
position with Westinghouse Nuclear. She's
working in their Corrective Actions Program
in Product Engineering. Allison finds
her position very fulfilling, enjoys telling
engineers who have been in the business
longer than she's been alive what to do. She
still enjoys Columbia, SC, but will miss the
snows of SBC.
Victoria Chappell loves life in Palm
Beach, FL. She works for Newsmax Media
Inc., an online news site that also has a
monthly magazine. She moved into her first
apartment and loves it! Her friends should
definitely visit as the beach is a 2 min. walk
and you can swim there all year! Besides
work, Victoria has enjoyed visiting friends
and family and hopes to travel a lot more in
the coming year!
Michelle Badger still works at SBC and
is doing an amazing job! Her work on the
phonathon was a big success this year.
Colleen Karaffa Murray still works at
SBC in the Alumnae Office as mag. editor.
Life has moseyed on from the high stress
of the wedding, etc., things have settled
down a little — that is until Christmas hit and
she and Bran got a puppy! Black and tan
cocker spaniel Charlie (it's a "she") is a wild
thing, but so much fun! Bran started another
degree through Liberty U. in computers, too.
Coll says hello to all her gals out there!
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Winter 2007/2008 • 63
WRITE TO US!
(Boxwood Alumnae House,
Box E, Sweet Briar, VA 24595)
or send E-mails!
or Telephone! (434-381-6131)
We like to hear from you!
If we are lucky, there will be an
occasional moment in life that
takes away our breath. When
it happens during the holiday
season, it is a special gift. I
received such a nice gift when I
opened Sweet Briar's Christmas
card and read the tribute to
the Buildings and Grounds
employees. The truth is, I wept.
Special. Well deserved. Perfect
photo. All those thoughts came to
me; but, the words I heard were
those of Peter Daniel, long years
ago: "We're having a recognition
event..." or... "a retirement
event..." for such and such
Buildings and Grounds employee.
"You students should attend. You
don't appreciate all that these
employees do for you." I never
went and I have always regretted
it. He was right...
Thank you for honoring those
hard workers who labor, often
behind the scenes. ... And,
during the busy holiday season,
thank you for reminding us
who and what we should be
Ellen Harrison Saunders 75
To view the photo Ellen
references, visit: www.sbc.edu/
1420 W Abingdon Drive.
Alexandria, VA 22314
Hi ladies! Graduation seems like a million
years ago! Class Secretary Emily Olson is
on a mission in Salt Lake City, UT, for the
Church of the Latter Day Saints until the
spring '09, so I'm covering for her. Em left
in Sept., but not before she visited me in
Alexandria, VA. We met with Caitlin Cashin.
Laura Schaefer. Angelica Shea '06, and
Didi Robinson '06 for a farewell brunch. Emily
is doing well considering the challenging
change. Keep her in your thoughts and
prayers! She'd appreciate them! I moved to
Alexandria in Jun., and in Aug. I started as
Special Assistant to the SVP for Government
Relations at Oxford Analytica in Georgetown.
So far, so good!
Allison Shaw Camper married Ian
(VMI '06) on 6/09. Sister Meredith Shaw
Hansen '04, was the matron of honor.
Kristin Berquist '06, Kristi Bloxom. Jaclyn
Fowler Brittany Lambert, Ferrell Lyles
and Joanna Wood '06 attended the wedding,
Allison and Ian live in Roanoke, VA. She's
applying to grad. programs for her MAT. to
Ferrell Lyles works in Chantilly, VA, at
Northrop Grumman TASC. She moved from
Warrenton, VA, to Haymarket and adopted
a cat! She and boyfriend Andrew (VMI) have
traveled a lot including trips to FL and ME.
Ferrell sees Katie Vaugrian '06 regularly
and has seen Lynnsey Brown several
times since graduation. Lynnsey keeps busy
traveling between Colorado Springs, D.C.,
and Rio de Janeiro working for the U.S.
Laura Schaefer started work in Jun.
She moved to an apartment down the
street from the Pentagon City with boyfriend
Devon Grace and Angelica Shea '06. The
first environmental impact statement in
which Laura is listed as a contributor (the
greenhouse gas emissions section no less!)
was published on 10/1. She's learning new
air quality and noise modeling programs for
Morgan Roach lives in London and
attends the London School of Economics.
She's working on her M.Sc in European
Studies: Ideas and Identities.
Heidi Trude started her M.Ed, initial
licensure in French programs at Mary
Washington. She's also substitute teaching
for Fauquier County Public Schools. Heidi
enjoys class, working with children and
teaching, but misses SBC! Thankfully, Heidi
made it to the pink bubble for Homecoming.
Mary Petrie is pursuing her M.S. in
Occupational Therapy at Shenandoah U.
She loves the program, is stoked to become
an OC in 1 2/09! Mary lives part time in
Lynchburg and Winchester, VA and works at
a local Lynchburg day care center and the
First Christian Church, where she's director
of the nursery!
Christine Vasquez Kearney married
Sean on 6/1 6 at the Naval Academy Chapel
in Annapolis, MD. Her bridesmaids included
Kara Evans Nani Smith, Elizabeth Goldring
'05, and Emily Burke '06. Chris and Sean
moved to Pensacola, FL. Sean is starting
flight school there to become a Naval aviator.
Another wedding: Christina Mallett
Candia and Cory married on 7/28. They
moved to Carmel, IN, where Cory took a job
with Data Processing Services, Inc doing
IT work. Christina started work in Oct. as a
probation officer for Boone County Superior
Theresa Jorgensen lives in Lynchburg,
VA, works at the Lynchburg Neighborhood
Development Foundation as the Real Estate
Development Manager. She volunteers at
Miriam's House, helping with the childcare
facilities. Kelsey Jeffers moved to Big
Pine Key, FL, where she works as a marine
science instructor at Newfound Harbour
Marine Institute. She's having a blast!
Thanks to everyone who submitted
updates. Drop me a line when you have a
chance and I'll put you in the next notes.
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IN THE SWEET BRIAR
Virginia Cummings Davis '31
SHEILA ALEXANDER, DEVELOPMENT COMMUNICATIONS COORDINATOR
When Virginia Cummings attended St.
Catherine's School in Richmond in ihc
late 1930s, there was just one name on her
college application list: Sweet Briar College.
When her ad\ isor suggested that she should
list more schools as college acceptance was
becoming competitive, Ginny declined.
"If Sweet Briar doesn't want me." she
declared. "1 don't want to go to college at all."
Virginia Cummings Davis. Class of 1942.
died on November 4, 2005. Her memory has
been honored by her husband, August, with a
bequest of $750,000 to Sweet Briar College.
Just as Sweet Briar was the only choice for
Ginny. when Mr. Davis decided to make a
donation in his wife's memory, for him Sweet
Briar was still the only choice.
"We met on a blind date." he says. "Giving
this gift in honor of Ginny also honors the
memories of that special time when she
attended Sweet Briar and I was at VPI."
Mr. Davis chose to make his bequest
unrestricted rather than specifying how the
money should be used.
"I trust the College to know best what
they need." he says. "I don't think I need to
designate what they do with it."
Ginny attended Sweet Briar for
Sociology/Economics from 1938 to 1942,
during the height of World War 11. The war
had little impact on the courting couple,
although gas rationing coupons required
some planning. Ginny would visit August at
Virginia Agricultural and Mechanical College
and Polytechnic Institute, now known as
Virginia Tech. He came over to Sweet Briar
when he had time off. Ginny would take a
bus from Sweet Briar to the Lynchburg train
station, and then traveled by train to VPI.
"VPI was a military school then, of
course, but not so regimented as other
military schools," Mr. Davis remembers. "If
we weren't in class, we could wear civilian
Mr. Davis honors
his wife, Virginia
Cummings Davis '31,
with a bequest to
clothes." He was
stationed at Wright
Field near Dayton.
Ohio, when he and
Ginny married. They
moved three or four
times during their
marriage until the war
was over, and then lived
in Rome. Georgia,
for 35 years where
Mr. Davis worked
Electric. They later
moved back to
Ginny had grown
up, to be near her
and Ginny had
fond memories of
their dating years.
"Ginny was the belle of the ball," Mr.
Davis remembers, "and I was shy. When I
worked up the courage to ask her to come
to a dance at VPI, the words were hardly
out of my mouth before she said 'yes'! We
surely enjoyed those dances. I couldn't dance
well, but Ginny had been dancing since she
learned to walk. Other men would 'cut in'
on our dances, but I didn't mind; 1 would
go stand by the orchestra and wait for her. 1
enjoyed the music so much, and she enjoyed
Although Ginny was the first in her
family to attend Sweet Briar, she must have
made an impression on the family with
her stories of college life — four of Ginny's
cousins followed in her footsteps.
Like Mr. Davis's gift, unrestricted
bequests to Sweet Briar's endowment
signify a profound belief in our mission, our
history, and our future. These sifts create a
Mrs. Davis as a senior at Sweet Briar.
solid foundation upon which faculty salaries
and academic programs, student services,
and maintenance of our beautiful campus
are based, which are clearly necessities for
the labor-intensive, highly individualized
education that Sweet Briar provides. The
magnitude of a college's endowment is the
best indicator of the strength of its academic
program, because it is that endow ment that
provides the resources to attract outstanding
faculty and top-tier students.
You, loo, can honor a loved one by
making Suet'/ Briar a pari oj your
estate plan. A simply executed Letter oj
Intent, attached its a codicil to your will,
indicates your support for the Colli g
To learn more about the personal.
financial, and charitable advantages
of making an estate gift or to request
a Letter of Intent form, please t ontact
The Office of Development cm l-13-t)
381-6161 or toll-tree on HSS-S46-5~22.
Dean of Co-Curricular Life Cheryl Steele, President Elisabeth
Muhlenfeld, Alumnae Association President Jennifer Crossland
'86, Former Ambassador to the Republics of Kenya and
Guatemala Prudence Bushnell, and Dean Jonathan Green.
JENNIFER MCMANAMAY, STAFF WRITER
he Mount Vernon Ladies' Association presented the newly planted
white ash in the Sweet Briar House garden in honor of Gay Hart
Gaines '59 on the occasion of the College naming her the 2007
Distinguished Alumna. Gaines is regent of the MVLA, which owns and
maintains Mount Vernon, the historic home of George Washington. The tree
was dedicated in a ceremony following the award presentation during SBC's
Founders' Day convocation on Sept. 2 1 .
The young tree's DNA from the trunk up is believed to be a genetic match
to a gigantic white ash growing at Mount Vernon since 191 8. The estate's
horticulturalists cloned the original tree to preserve its offspring after it was
nearly destroyed in a storm.
2007 Distinguished Alumna Gay Hart Gaines '59, Mount Vernon
Executive Director James C. Rees, MVLA Vice Regent Lynn Crosby Gammill
'58, and President Elisabeth Muhlenfeld are pictured watering the new tree
at the dedication ceremony.
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